Five Healthy Ways to Cook Fresh Vegetables

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While vegetables are unquestionably good for you, the fact is that some preparation methods are healthier than others. Following are five of the best ways to prepare your vegetables so you can derive the most nutritional benefits from them.

1)  Boiling

Boiling vegetables in soup are not only tasty but also low in fat as no oil is used in the preparation process. Add a touch of salt if you are boiling greens, as doing so helps them retain their natural color.

2)  Steaming

Steamed vegetables are cooked in small amounts of water so that most of the nutrients remain in the vegetables instead of the boiled water. Cauliflower, carrots and broccoli taste great steamed and, once they are cooked, can be eaten with a homemade salad dressing or a little lemon juice and salt.

3)  Roasting

Roasted vegetables are delicious, as the roasting process often adds flavor to the dish. Some good vegetables to roast include eggplants, sweet potatoes, kale and pumpkin. Add olive oil, garlic and/or other spices before putting your dish in the oven for extra flavor and nutrition.

4)  Baking

Baking is similar to roasting but there are some differences. Just about any vegetable can be baked either on its own or as part of a dish such as chicken pot or quiche. An added benefit of baking vegetables is that they cook evenly.

5)  Grilling

Vegetables can be grilled either on their own or with low fat cheese or condiments added. They are especially ideal for a barbecue but can be served and enjoyed at any time. Some great grilled vegetable options include pepper, eggplant, green beans, corn, zucchini, tomatoes and potatoes. 

There are many great ways to cook vegetables. Try out a few and see which cooking method works best in helping you maintain a nutritious yet tasty diet.


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