Sunday, August 29, 2010

Healthy Recipes: Helpful Hints On How To Include A Healthy Diet

By Rajiv Kapur

Healthy Breakfast Food Recipes

1. Healthy food is crucial to a healthy family. The buck starts with making a diet plan and one can use an erase board, which might seem odd in a kitchen, but adds value and completes the look of an intelligent cook. Choose boards that have weekly or monthly calenders if possible.

When planning your dinners for the week, bear in mind any nights you are going to be busy or getting home late and plan the easiest meals for then. Also bear in mind, any perishables you will want to utilize that week, and plan your meals to include them. Soups and casseroles are a good way to make use of veggies that are starting to wilt. You could also ensure you have everything on hand to prepare your meals for the week, reducing last minute trips to the grocery store.

2. Healthy recipes usually include many fresh vegetables, so try to incorporate them as part of your daily diet. It's best to keep away from excess cream, oil and sauce. Meat and dairy products should be kept to a minimum atleast 5 days of the week.. Also whenever possible switch the taboo items discussed with healthy alternatives. For example-

Sugar free applesauce may be complemented with oil to reduce the amount of oil overall. Cook with healthier oils like olive or canola. Utilize only the egg whites in recipes. Utilize whole wheat pasta and flour. Use skim or 2% milk. If a recipe necessitates heavy cream, you could mix powdered no-fat milk with half the water to replace it. Utilize low sodium options when available. Employ brown rice as an alternative to white rice. Think of meat as a condiment or side dish instead of the main course..

3. Choose recipes that can be made with healthy, quick cooking methods. A stir-fry only takes a couple of minutes to prepare. It is possible to stir-fry vegetables and meats or tofu in a tablespoon of canola oil for merely a few minutes and then use them to top rice or whole wheat or buckwheat noodles. Steaming is another healthy method of cooking. There are microwave steamers available that make it possible to enjoy steamed veggies with just a push of the button. Other healthy cooking methods are broiling, grilling, and braising.

Also consider uncooked meals for the easiest preparation. Salads, sandwiches and wraps are nourishing and only take a few minutes.

4. While cooking meat it is best to not store raw meat for long Ideally cook all the meat in a healthy way and store it in meal sized proportions. The same applies for vegetables. Cut vegetables and store ahead of time and use when needed.

5. Keep track of recipes everyone in the family enjoy and jot them in your personal cookbook. You could collect recipes in a file and jot down experiments that worked and have them on hand when you feel insipid. If you are making substitutions, remember to note it on the recipe so you'll recollect next time. Once you make a recipe in your binder, make a note of anything you would like to do differently next time and the time it took you to prepare it. This will help you when you plan future meals.

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