FIVE QUICK TIPS
TO FEELING HEALTHIER
You don’t have to drastically change your diet in order to start eating healthier. There are little changes you can make while cooking and preparing meals for you and your family that will make a big difference for your health but little (if any) difference in taste. So try these five easy suggestions - little changes that could go a long way.
TIP #1 Fill Up with Fiber
Add more fiber to your diet. You can lose weight, lower cholesterol levels and lower your risk of heart disease. And it’s easy to do too. Simply replace common, low-fiber foods with high-fiber equivalents. Buy whole-grain breads instead of enriched, refined breads. Or opt for brown rice instead of white rice.
TIP #2 Break Bad Habits
Old cooking habits die hard. But breaking away from old cooking habits may be exactly what you need. Try grilling food for a change, or use a nonstick vegetable oil cooking spray instead of cooking with excessive oil or butter.
TIP #3 Cut the Cheese
Add fresh and flavorful herbs – such as chives, thyme or basil – as a garnish instead of cheeses. Fantastic flavor, less fat.
TIP #4 No More Whining About Wine
The alcohol in wine generally evaporates during cooking, and using wine in place of butter or oil to stir-fry or sauté is a great way to intensify the flavor and aroma of your food. Just watch the quantity. Too much will overpower your dish, and too little will make no difference at all.
TIP #5 Get Steamed
Steaming fresh vegetables instead of boiling them preserves many more of the vegetables’ nutrients. Look for a metal steamer insert that will hold vegetables just above the water. These steamers adjust to fit a wide range of pots and are readily available and inexpensive.
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