August 14, 2016


If you’re trying to be more conscious of what you’re eating, one of the best ways to kick-start healthier eating habits is to make your own food so you know exactly what goes in it. We share tips on how to make healthy cooking easy and sustainable.

Before going on that treadmill or diving into other physical activities, let me just point out that it’s easy to forget that health and fitness start in the kitchen. Doesn’t matter how many hours you log in the gym, or how far you’ve gone on your bicycle. If you’re not mindful of what you’re putting in your food, all of your efforts will go to waste.

Make flavorful food minus the excess salt and oilinternal 1
Cooking healthy doesn’t mean you have to scrimp on flavor, or give up some of the foods that you love. Otherwise, healthy eating is It’s all about making healthier choices. For example, if you can’t live without French fries or fried chicken, you can always make your own. Forget about store-bought frozen fries or those chicken legs swimming in fat. Cook them at home with an air fryer that doesn’t need that much oil to make the food crisp and yummy. This way, you can also control the amount of salt in it, and you’re sure that it has no preservatives.

Pack in the nutrients with healthier alternatives
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To make for a more sustainable diet, keep your meals satisfying without scrimping on nutrients. You may replace ingredients with healthier alternatives. If you’re a fan of pasta but you want to cut down on carbs, the best way to be able to enjoy your comfort food is by replacing the pasta with spiralized vegetables. Zucchinis and carrots hold up well, and are delicious, too!

Make your own soups…

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Commercially available soups and broths are rich in flavor as well as sodium. Because it’s a business after all, budgetary concerns could mean cutting some corners and taking some ingredients for granted, like high-quality vegetables, and replacing them with cheaper alternatives. Besides, you never really know what else goes into your soup. If you prepare your own soup at home, you have control over how much salt goes into it, plus you can add whatever vegetable or meat you want. To make those thick, hearty soups without breaking a sweat, use an immersion blender or a food processor.

…and juices too.

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One of the enemies of healthy cooking and eating is a sly creature called hidden sugar. We get it practically everywhere. We are brought up to think that fruit juice is good for us, but without actually checking the nutrition facts, we just end up consuming hidden sugar. We all know what happens when our body is addicted to sugar, right?

Apart from munching on them, one good way of taking in all the vitamins and nutrients that fruits and vegetables have to offer is to juice them. Juicing has become extremely popular in recent years hence the proliferation of juice joints everywhere. Want some practical advice? Get your own electric juicer. You’re welcome.

Try other methods of cooking
internal 3Cooking isn’t limited to frying and baking. You can also do slow cook, or an even better alternative, steaming. You can steam practically everything: beef, chicken, fish, and most vegetables. Not only does it help cut down on oil and salt, it also helps retain nutrients compared to boiling. It’s economical to buy a multi-tiered steamer so you can save on time by simultaneously cooking different foods at the same time.

Snack mindfully
internal 5It’s important to know that healthy eating always has room for snacks. In between meals, you may munch on almonds or some cut-up fresh fruit. Want more fun in healthy snacking? The answer is popcorn. Cook up some popcorn using a hot air popcorn maker that doesn’t require any amount of oil.

Hope these tips will help you start cooking and eating your way to a healthier you. Remember, take baby steps and don’t dive into crash diets just because they’re popular. The important part is that you’re eating enough to satisfy your hunger and nourishing your body to help it function best. Make healthy cooking and eating sustainable, and it will reward you well.