Now that you have decided to maintain a healthy diet by
eating healthy foods, it is time to get out the cookbooks
or start surfing the internet for recipes and tips. Healthy
cooking involves more than just cooking at home. It is also
about the ingredients used to prepare the food, cooking
methods, foods that are nutritious and foods that should
In the interests of eating healthy foods, no one wants to
end up eating the same boring foods every day. The path to
healthy cooking will have its share of learning curves; just
dig in and persevere. There are some mistakes you can avoid
to make the healthy cooking experience a happier one.
The first mistake people are apparently fond of making is
failing to plan in advance. When you decide to start cooking
your own meals that are a healthy option to eating junk food,
planning is an essential part of the process. It is very
important to plan a shopping list based on the menu for the
week ahead. Sit yourself down regularly once a week with
a cookbook or the internet to plan the foods you will feed
your family. Make a list of all the ingredients you need
to stock up on; stick to the list and you will not end up
buying foods that are unhealthy. Don’t forget to include
snack plans in the list for the week.
Preparation is key to saving time preparing those healthy
meals. Once the shopping is done, prepare the fruits and
vegetables by washing them and storing in the refrigerator.
Put the fruits and vegetables in damp paper towels first
then put them in airtight containers. This will help to
preserve them. Divvy up the snacks and store in sealable
ziplock bags; this way it is no big deal to hand them out
on a daily basis and you get to control the portions.
One common mistake people generally make is to go overboard
and cut out all the fat from their cooking. We need to
remember that not all fats are bad fats and the body does
need the energy and fatty acids some fats provide. A bit
of fat in the cooking will provide a sense of fullness so
you end up eating less. What you can do is reduce the bad
fats like full fat butter, cheese, cream and whole milk;
fatty meats; fried foods, baked goods sold commercially;
processed sauces and dressings.
Learn how to make sauces and dressings with healthy
ingredients and substitute healthy foods for unhealthy,