Who Says Good Eating Isn’t Tasty? 18 Hacks To Healthy Cooking!
One of the biggest fears and common misconceptions that dieters everywhere have is that healthy cooking means waving goodbye to delicious flavours. Thankfully, this couldn’t be further from the truth, and all you need are a few pointers to make sure that you eat well and still get to enjoy vibrant and varied tastes. Ripen your avocados faster, cut down on butter and oil, learn about the lightest wrap ever and healthify your favourite dishes with our 18 hacks to healthy AND tasty cooking!
#1 Go Greek!
Stop drenching your healthy salad in mayo, instead reach for Greek yogurt. Thick and tangy, it packs way more protein and much less of the bad stuff.
#2 Say Hello To Nutritional Yeast
Hippy parmesan has lots of protein and vitamin B12, boosts flavour and is great if you’re vegan, vegetarian, or trying to cut back on dairy.
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#3 Chill Out With Edamame
You might not have heard of it, but just try swapping out ice in your morning smoothies for frozen edamame for a punch of natural protein and dietary fiber.
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#4 Learn To Marinate
Steer clear of supermarket sauces and marinades, and make simple ones at home using a couple of vibrant spices and a dash of oil.
#5 Ripen Your Avocados
Quit waiting around for your avocados to ripen and play Mother Nature by sticking them in a sealed brown paper bag along with an apple, banana or pear. Let science work its magic.
#6 Surprise! Microwaves Aren’t All Bad!
You’ve probably always thought that microwaving is the unhealthy way to cook, but the opposite may be true. Boiling veg on a stove can cause the good stuff to leak into the water, however, the microwave cooks foods quickly and uses the least amount of liquid, so the veggies retain the most vitamins and minerals.
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#7 Beans, Beans, The Magical Fruit!
Fiber- and protein-rich beans should be a dietary staple. Have them as a main ingredient, a side, or purée them to make a cream or dairy substitute.
#8 Grow Your Own Herbs
Don’t let that mint plant in your kitchen wilt and die! Slipping herbs into just about everything is a great way to spruce up blah dishes. They’ve also got healthy phytochemicals!
#9 Sauté Smarter
This trick couldn’t be simpler. If your pan starts to stick or dry out, simply add a splash of water! It doesn’t add calories that extra oil might but prevents burning and keeps the food moist. Game-changer!
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#10 The Trick To Tastier Rice
On a health kick but finding brown and wild rice varieties lack in flavour? Boost your whole grains’ flavour by toasting them in a pan with a little olive oil before cooking.
#11 Save Your Leftovers
Waste not, want not. Hold on to veggie leftovers to make simple but nutrient-dense and yummy stocks. Best of all, it’s free!
#12 Try Applesauce
Try swapping out butter or oil for applesauce sometimes. You can also give avocado a go too.
#13 Use More Cauliflower
Cauliflower is super low in calories but packed with nutrients and can be used in loads of your favourite dishes. Win win! You can use it for a creamy sauce for mac ‘n’ cheese, in lieu of potatoes in mashed potatoes, and even for pizza crust.
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#14 The Lettuce Wrap
Tortillas, buns, and wraps contain a ton of calories and refined flours, which the body processes like sugar. Healthify your lunches and wrap your favorite ingredients in lettuce instead.
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#15 Cinnamon Baking
Forget about the cinnamon challenge, this is a trend you’ll actually want to do. Slash calories when making desserts by cutting back on sugar and adding a little extra cinnamon for flavour and antioxidants.
#16 Make Dried Fruit in the Oven
Convert leftover, browning or expiring plums, pears, apples or bananas into tasty dried fruit snacks by slicing them and baking in the oven.
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#17 Learn How To Make Courgetti
Veggie noodles and pastas are all the rage for good reason, so get your hands on a spiralizer and learn how to make nom courgetti.
#18 Choose Turkey
Go for ground turkey instead of ground beef to save on calories while not skimping on nutritional value or taste. Most recipes can use either.