It’s no secret that cooking healthy food has numerous health benefits. The research is almost overwhelming. But if you are like most people who live a hectic lifestyle, eating and cooking healthier may seem like a challenge.
After all, it’s much easier to grab that fast food for you and your family than to spend just a small amount of time in the kitchen preparing healthy meals that everyone will rave over.
What you have to understand is that cooking healthy food doesn’t need to be difficult nor does it need to be expensive. In fact, just by making a few changes to the type of meals that you prepare may actually save you money in the long run.
Now let’s take a look at some simple things that you can do to start making the meals that you serve healthier. One of the biggest things that you can do almost immediately is to start reducing the amount of salt and fats in the meals that you prepare.
And to do this, start by trying to cut down on the amount of packaged foods that you use. Sure, they’re convenient but take a minute and actually read what you might be eating.
Start introducing different types of vegetables to your family and try not to overcook them so that you don’t lose all the vitamins and minerals. If you need to add flavoring, start experimenting with different types of herbs and seasonings such as dill, parsley or oregano instead of having to rely on plain old salt. You’re not only eliminating excessive salt from the meal but the herbs also provide you with vitamins such as A, B and C along with minerals such as iron to name a few.
If you’re a meat eater and let’s face it, most of us are, start buying leaner cuts of meat and serving it in smaller portions. Try substituting fresh fish and chicken for some of the beef only recipes that you may be using.
Don’t be afraid to experiment here. Half the fun of cooking healthy food is in using your imagination to create the meals. And you don’t have to do it all at once. Start by trying just a few new healthy dishes each week until it becomes almost second nature.
When you get into the habit of cooking healthy food, you’ll also get into the habit of changing the way you shop for food. You’ll spend more time in the produce and dairy sections than you will in the aisles that contain all the prepackaged foods that you should be avoiding.
As you start changing the way you eat, you’ll also start seeing the benefits. You’ll feel more energetic, you’ll be able to deal with stress better and yes, you may even start to see yourself losing weight because you aren’t eating empty calories anymore.
Cooking healthy food just makes common sense. Just start gradually and be patient. And when it finally becomes a habit, both you and your family will be thankful that you adopted the practice.