If you’re trying to lose weight, you may be wondering how to make your meals healthier to suit your needs. Well, the good news is you don’t need to throw out all your favorite cookbooks. To make your meals into healthier alternatives, you can modify them by simply taking something out, and/or by adding something healthier in. While it can take a bit of trial and error, don’t be afraid to alter the ingredients stated in a recipe. Personally, I have discovered some great alternatives in my own cooking by doing this. The main thing to consider is the overall balance of your meals, with the emphasis on your long term health and weight loss or maintenance.
So, here are some tips for adapting your favorite recipes to make them healthier:
- If cooking with fat, use one that can withstand the temperature. The best choices are butter or coconut oil for higher temperature frying.
- Alternatively, grill, bake, poach, steam, microwave or boil foods.
- Creme fraiche is a good option as it is heat stable and is therefore ideal for use in savory sauces. You can also serve it on hot or cold puddings instead of double cream, if you prefer.
- If you think your recipes lacks nutrients, grate some carrot or zucchini in there. It will barely be noticed by your family members and is a great way to get more interest into your meals without anyone realizing is ‘healthy’!
- Make cold dressings with healthy oils like olive oil or walnut oil. These are great oils, but don’t stand the heat well, so are best kept for cold uses.
- Cheese is a great addition to many dishes, but if you want to use less, try using grated stronger flavored cheese.
- Try to reduce the amount of salt used in cooking, and at the table, as we eat more salt than we need, instead add flavor with lemon juice, herbs, spices or mustard.
- Use pulses such as peas, beans or lentils to replace some of the meat in traditional recipes for shepherd’s pie, casseroles, lasagne. They can also be used in soups and salads.
- If you fancy something sweet, try this amazing one ingredient ice cream that’s also super healthy… you’ll love it!
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