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Simple Tips To Cooking Healthy Meals

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

Eating healthy meals does not mean that you have to give up on all your favourite foods! All your much-loved recipes can be tailored to become a healthier choice. The primary step to eating healthy meals is simply cooking at home! Knowing what goes into your meal is the most optimal way of eliminating unnecessary empty calories and getting the most out of the food. Always opt for recipes that feature nutritious, whole food ingredients which are easily available at your local market. Menus which are packed with protein, fibre and vital vitamins will help you feel nourished and satiated.

A Balanced Diet

A Balanced Diet

Eating healthy meals does not mean that you have to give up on all your favourite foods! All your much-loved recipes can be tailored to become a healthier choice. The primary step to eating healthy meals is simply cooking at home! Knowing what goes into your meal is the most optimal way of eliminating unnecessary empty calories and getting the most out of the food. Always opt for recipes that feature nutritious, whole food ingredients which are easily available at your local market. Menus which are packed with protein, fibre and vital vitamins will help you feel nourished and satiated.

Better Techniques

Better Techniques

To decrease nutrient loss, scrub vegetables rather than peeling them. A large chunk of the nutrients are found right next to the skin. When boiling vegetables, use little water and do not over-boil. Steaming is a healthier option than boiling, as contact with water eliminates water-soluble nutrients from food. If you must boil, do not discard the boiled water; use it to add to the gravy or to knead the dough. Incorporate stir-fry recipes in your menu; they cook rather quickly and retain most of the nutrients.

Fresh Flavours

Fresh Flavours

Embrace culinary herbs in to your recipes. They lend oodles of flavour and colour to your meals. They are also brimming over with health-promoting phyto-oestrogens. To make your task simpler, you could buy pre-blended herbs and spice mixes which lend dollops of aroma and taste to your cooking. Tata Sampann offers a range of delectable spices and masalas which are a blend of selectively picked spices from the best farms in India.

Remember to spend a little time on presentation, it goes a long way! Another crucial tip - give yourself the chance to savour food without distractions like cell phones and television. Once you embrace all these tips and guidelines, you should be able to cook balanced healthy meals, effortlessly. Live a healthier life with every change you make.

Sources:

  • What should humans eat? Practitioner, 1985

 



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