How To Make Home Cooked Food Healthier?
People always feel that home cooked meals are the best for your health. Yes, they are! But this isn’t very true when you want to lose weight. To make sure that your meals are low in calories you have to be a little careful with your cooking. It doesn’t mean that you have to purchase expensive ingredients for your meals or get trained under a chef :P. What really matters for your weight loss is to control the number of calories you are ingesting. Making your meals healthier is not difficult and you can comfortably do it with a little care. So, here are a few tips on how you can cut down the calories in your meals cooked at home and make them healthier!
1) Use healthy fats
Consuming healthy fats is important for good health. You can read about them here! However, you shouldn’t be overdoing them! Olive oil is known to be a healthy oil but this doesn’t mean that you add dollops of it in your food. It contains the same amount of fat as other oils do. Olive oil is healthier when compared to refined oils but you will be consuming really high calories if you don’t pay attention to how much you use for cooking. Ghee, coconut oil, mustard oil and olive oil are healthy oils that you can use for cooking but make sure you watch out for the amount you use.
2) Choose whole grains
Instead of going in for maida or white rice, opt for healthier options like quinoa, multi-grain atta or brown rice. Brown rice has more fibre as it has its bran intact, which is good for weight loss. Use whole wheat atta in place of maida in most of the recipes. Quinoa can be used in a several ways-check them out here!
3) Cook with fresh veggies and fruits
Always buy fresh veggies and fruits instead of using veggies that have been stored for long. Going in for farm fresh fruits and veggies is the best option! Health experts say that you should have at least 4-5 veggies and fruits each day. Try your best to add as many colours as possible to your plate.
4) Add veggies generously
Meat is undoubtedly a rich source of protein but whenever you make a non-veg dish, try loading the dish up with veggies of varied colours. This way you will get both protein and the nutrients offered by veggies.
5) Use almonds instead of cashews
In a lot of ‘royal’ Indian dishes, there is the use of cashew paste in order to enhance both the taste and texture. This is common if you are making a special dish for an occasion. However, if you want to cut down on the calories try using almonds in place of cashews. Almond paste too provides the same texture as cashew paste. So, you can easily make the swap! Wasn’t this a really good tip?
6) Portion controlling
In order to cut calories you need to control portions, regardless of the fact that the food is home cooked or not. If you happen to be cooking chicken for your family, remember not to go overboard with your portion. Want to know how to control portions? Click here!
Hope the above tips have been useful!
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