Cooking is one of the most interesting activities, which gives great satisfaction when the desired result is achieved. There is a global superstition that cooking is demanding and difficult to learn, but anyone that knows anything about cooking will disagree with that. In order to learn to cook well, it is important to start with simple and basic things, and to arm yourself with patience, because as in everything, practice makes perfect.
Nowadays it is very desirable to know how to cook, it is a craft that humanity will need until the end of time, and we are obliged to preserve and pass on all knowledge about cooking. Unfortunately, it is difficult to find organic producers of raw materials that we can trust do not use any harmful chemicals when growing food, whether it is fruit, vegetables, spices, or meat from domestic animals.
In order to make sure that what you cook is healthy and not just edible, and in order to use the maximum potential, vitamins, and all the nutrients that one dish can provide, today we bring you some tips on how to draw health from the kitchen.
The fast life has blinded us and made us forget how important is the fuel that drives our body from day to day. The human body is a very complex mechanism with the need for a balanced distribution of matter in it. We achieve this with food, and it is a blessing that we have the opportunity to enjoy it. Can you imagine how a body that lacks nothing looks and feels? Wow, yes. We have to give our body what it deserves, and you’ll be surprised how easy it actually is. By taking care of your diet, which does not necessarily mean eating less, you open the door for your body to reach its full power. Healthy body – healthy mind.
- When shopping for groceries, try to reduce the purchase and consumption of processed packaged food, such as salami, hot dogs, or some hams, to a minimum. Although they can be tasty and tempting, their nutritional level is low, so they will not give us nutrients or energy.
- Avoid buying and preparing frozen meat. Always make the extra effort to pop down to your local butcher and buy fresh meat.
- Meat and vegetables are best when prepared in their natural sauces and juices. Do not add too much salt or other additives and flavor enhancers. Food should be prepared neutrally, and when it is served, everyone should add salt to their liking. That way, the food will be healthy and everyone’s taste will be satisfied.
- Too much oil doesn’t look good or taste good – and it’s not necessary. If you already use oil, be sure to use olive oil, because it is the only oil that comes from fruit trees that are naturally fatty – every other oil is factory-extracted.
- Never rely on frying food. Frying is the greatest enemy of health. First, it requires the use of large amounts of oil. Second, during frying, food loses up to 95% of its nutrients. This happens because the temperature is very high during frying, and it penetrates the food very quickly.
- Sugar is sweet, but it is useless. When food is prepared in its natural sauce, it is not necessary to add sugars or sweeteners. Their role is to satiate us without giving us nutrition.
Certainly, the healthiest method of cooking and preparing food is boiling or steaming. When food is cooked in water, we have more positive results – absolutely no need for oil, it is enough to occasionally add hot water, then everything that “comes out” of the food will stay in the water and so the food will be cooked in its nutrients. Also, the food will not be in direct contact with the heat, which is phenomenal and another way to preserve the nutrition of the food.
There are no better flavor enhancers and items that give color to food than vegetables. Be sure to start adding vegetables to everything – because it can be done! By adding vegetables, you will not only increase the amount of natural sauce in which the food is marinated, but also the healthy sugars from the vegetables will improve the taste of the entire dish, and you will not get excess fatty unhealthy deposits.
Although fruits cannot be added to a meal as we can do with vegetables, this does not mean that we should consume them less. The fruit is best consumed raw – so wash the fruit well and peel it, this will make it easier for the stomach to process the food. An apple a day keeps a doctor away!
Measure the ingredients.
A perfect recipe can only work if we stick to it. There are certain amounts of food that go into one dish for a reason. Measure in detail every gram and deciliter of food that you use in the preparation of meals. This will result in a successful recipe, the maximum potential of the dish as well as achieving the desired amount of food for a certain number of portions.
Not all fat is bad.
We mentioned earlier that you should avoid fat. And we further assert that. But there are certain fats that are very healthy and recommended because our body needs fat as a reserve. Olive oil, avocado oil, and sesame oil will add the desired balance of fat both in the food and in the body.
Treats are desirable.
A healthy diet is not made up of excluding treats. In fact, depriving yourself of treats can cause the opposite effect. Everything is in balance, and scientists have established that the daily amount of sugar that is sufficient and necessary for our bodies.
Using basic ingredients in your daily cooking routine is the smartest way to eat healthily, without having to cook exotic professional dishes like from restaurants that require ingredients from all over the world. Take a look at some of these foods, which are extremely healthy and can be prepared in several ways, so you won’t get bored.
● Eggs – could be rated as the world’s healthiest food; can be eaten raw or cooked, both ways the goodies of eggs will be ingested
● Meats – meats contain a high amount of protein, which is necessary for our muscles; chicken breasts, lamb, and liver are recommendable to be consumed at least daily; also fish and seafood are extremely healthy and recommended to be consumed at least once or twice a week
● Fruits – the best thing about fruits is that we do not have to do anything to them except eat them! Apples, bananas, strawberries, oranges, avocados, grapes, lemons, mangoes, peaches, and pineapples are most common in a daily diet
● Veggies – best to boil, some recommended to eat raw; carrots, onions, bell peppers, potatoes, cucumber, tomato, garlic, and broccoli
● Dairy – a great source of calcium, which is needed by our bones; full of vitamins and protein; milk, cheese, yogurt
● Berries, nuts, and seeds – quite underrated, but high in healthy fat and calories, what we need for energy
Eating healthy is not just about healthy ingredients, it is as well important as the way the goodies are prepared.
When the food is prepared correctly, all of its nutrients are saved.
To achieve this, it is important to know the basic dos and don’ts in the kitchen.
Many ingredients can be prepared in a couple of ways, but it does not mean it should.
Get to know your food before you decide to have it, and more importantly, get to know the best way to prepare it.
Methods of indirect cooking (boiling and steaming), avoiding salt, sugar and sweeteners, unhealthy oil, and too many spices are just some of the important steps towards cooking and eating healthier.
It is important to combine diversity with balance.
“A lot of things” is not bad, and too much of one can be insufficient.
So, be colorful when choosing foods, but be careful how much you take.