Feeding the family right is not just about stocking the
refrigerator with plenty to eat. What the family consumes
goes a long way in helping family members to maintain good
health. Obesity has become a major problem in America and
other parts of the world. It can lead to a number of health
problems that can easily be avoided by making simple changes
to cooking styles. For example, by choosing to grill instead
of fry food, you are engaging in healthy cooking.
There are a number of healthy cooking tips you can
incorporate into your cooking. We have put together a
selection of easy to use, tips that you will find useful
in adopting a healthy cooking method for your family’s meals
and good health.
•Salt is one of the most common ingredients found in
almost every kitchen. In case you are wondering what the
big deal in using salt is, too much salt can lead to sudden
spikes in blood pressure leading to heart attacks,
osteoporosis, inhibit the body’s absorption of calcium,
cause kidney problems, dehydration and digestive problems.
Quite a bagful for a few grains of white powder right! Let’s
cut the quantity of salt we use in our food and replace it
with spices, herbs, vinegar (flavored varieties) or lemon
juice. In meat and soup dishes you can use garlic powder,
paprika or dried parsley to substitute salt.
•Steam, grill, bake or broil foods for the best
nutritional value from the vegetables and meats. High
temperatures cause foods to lose their nutrients very
•Change your cooking oils; opt for canola for cooking
and olive oil for your salads. Use oil very sparingly in
cooking, choosing instead to use flavored vinegars or lemon
juice for frying and moisture.
•Roasting, stir frying or poaching food is always the
better option when compared to frying foods. The danger in
fried foods is the large quantity of oil meats and
•Increase your intake of brown rice, whole wheat, barley
and oatmeal, mash fruits and vegetables and avoid all manner
of canned or processed vegetables and meats.
•Taking time to select healthy ingredients for your
dishes; it translates to less cooking time and better
preservation of the natural nutrients.
•Control high cholesterol levels and blood pressure by
adding more tomatoes, onions, herbs and vinegar to daily
•If you cannot find organic produce, wash vegetables in
a solution potassium permanganate and then rinse well under
running water. This will help to get rid of all the
pesticides and insecticides.