Healthy cooking doesn’t mean that you have to become a gourmet chef or invest in expensive cookware. You can use basic cooking techniques to prepare food in healthy ways.
1)Go easy on fat, salt and sugar. You don’t have to leave them out, just use less.
2)Cook vegetables so that they remain firm or serve them raw. Don’t overcook them.
3)Bake, broil, roast or steam your food. Avoid frying.
4)Always cook ground beef to brown it and drain off the fat before adding other ingredients.
5)Use herbs and spices for flavouring. They’re less expensive, quicker, and better for you than rich sauces or gravies.
6)Serve fruit for dessert. You can add yogurt or ice cream. Or make a fruit crisp by putting oatmeal and sugar on top of sliced apples or peaches and baking them in the oven.
7)Take the skin off chicken or turkey before you cook it. That way you eat less fat.
8)Save the water from boiled vegetables and use it for soups or stews.
9)Ask for help if you need it. Advice from family, friends, your local neighbourhood house or the nutritionist at your local health unit can help make cooking easier and more fun.