Eating healthy food is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Healthy cooking can help you to reach healthy weight and promote your overall health. Do you want to make your favorite dishes healthier? Below are a few suggestions you can use in your dishes without losing it’s flavor and taste. This decreases the sugar, salt, fat, sugar, and calories making them much healthier for you and your family.
Cut down on sugar
If you bake, try using less sugar – most cakes will work even though the amount of sugar in the recipe is reduced. It is possible to make things such as fruit cakes and breads by not adding sugar, since the dried fruit gives sweetness.
Cut down on fats
Use a non-stick pan and cook without using oil while frying food. You could cut up to 45 calories per teaspoon by letting out the oil. If the food looks a little dry without the oil, simply add some water. If you need to use oil, consider using poly and mono-unsaturated fats like olive oil.
Cut down on salt
Most recipes require you to add salt. Switch salt with substitutes like spices, herbs, pepper, lemon juice, vinegar, or mustard seasonings. Ask people to season their own food after eating it, they are likely to add a few. If you could eat more salt then you think, check with a salt calculator to find out how much salt in your food.
Sauces and dips
While making sauces and dips substitute milk and cream with low fat yogurt, semi-skimmed and skimmed milk. Rather than putting ice cream or cream to your dessert , choose some fromage frais. This is the milk cheese from a skimmed cow, which is similar to natural yogurt.
Soups and stews
Make your soup or stew to cool and skim away the fat which collects on top of the liquid. Substituting some standard fatty meats with pulses such as beans, peas and lentils in stews will save fat and calories as well as provide fibre.
Choose the brown option, rather than using white pasta, bread and rice. This will improve your intake of fibre, which will make you feel more satisfied for a longer time. When you have recipes that need you to cover with pastry, like a chicken pie substitute with mashed potato and eat.
When flavoring cooked vegetables would use herbs instead of oil or butter. Consider replacing meat in some recipes with vegetables. Instead of curry chicken, try vegetable curry or prepare vegetable lasagna along with your choice of vegetable with pulses such as beans, lentils and peas.
Cut the fat from the meat and remove the skin from poultry when cooking. Then bake, grill, roast or poach, rather than fry. Place the meat on a grill rack while roasting this helps the fat to drip away. When minced meat is fried, brown it and drain the fat before putting any other ingredients.
Substitute mayonnaise in salads with natural yogurt or low fat fromage frais. Consider using vinaigrette dressings and serving them on the side. Use mayonnaise or butter while making sandwiches, not the both.
In savory dishes, using strong flavored cheeses such as mature cheddar or blue cheese you can use less and also have all the flavor. If you don’t like these cheese strong tastes, just use your favorite low-fat substitutes. Grate cheese rather than slicing, because it can more quickly distribute around a dish so you can use less. Substitute cream cheese with low fat cheese.
Follow these above methods when cooking. Preparing healthy meals at home can support your immune system and reduce the risk of illnesses.
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