How to Prepare Healthier Meals


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 For the third night in a row, you’re ordering dinner from the drive-thru window of a local, fast-food restaurant. As you wait in your car for your food, you realize that some things in your life must change. You know you’ll never lose weight and keep it off for life if you don’t start preparing more healthy meals at home. Like many others, you don’t know how to begin this worthy task. If you can relate to this scenario, embrace the following, three tips for preparing waistline friendly meals at home.

Learn New Cooking Methods

There are basic culinary techniques that are essential for any kitchen. Choosing the best cooking method not only impacts how healthy you prepare the final product, but also affects the texture, appearance and flavor of the dish. If you utilize your deep fryer nearly every time you cook at home, learning some new cooking methods is in order. Instead of deep frying your favorite foods, adopt healthier preparation techniques such as:

  • Grilling
  • Broiling
  • Baking
  • Boiling
  • Roasting
  • Sautéing 

By learning new cooking methods, you don’t have to rid your refrigerator and pantry of your favorite foods. For instance, you can bake a pan of sweet potato fries instead of deep frying them. Broiled tilapia is always a healthy, tasty alternative to fried fish.

Flavor Food with Sensational Seasonings and Spice 

Establishing new eating habits can sometimes be challenging. Fortunately, you can make this process easier by flavoring your food with sensational seasonings and spices. For instance, give your steamed broccoli a kick with some red pepper flakes. Or, liven up your plain, Greek yogurt with cinnamon.

Remake Your Favorite Recipes 

Have you been preparing your aunt’s macaroni and cheese recipe for the past ten years? Instead of tossing a beloved recipe in the garbage, look for ways to reinvent it. When cooking macaroni and cheese, you might want to swap regular, pasta noodles for quinoa. You could also substitute full-fat sour cream for a reduced-fat or fat-free option. Exchanging whole milk for low-fat milk or skim milk is another great idea. You can even add vegetables such as broccoli, squash, or asparagus to a macaroni and cheese recipe. When remaking recipes, you don’t need to follow any rules. You can be as creative as you want to be.

By preparing healthy meals at home, you’ll increase your odds of shedding the pounds and keeping them off for good. As a bonus, you might enjoy spending some quality time with your loved ones while cooking in the kitchen and dining at the dinner table.

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