The following is a post from Leona Jones. Consideration was received for the editing and publishing of this post.
It may seem as if everywhere you turn there is a new diet fad on the horizon. While there is nothing wrong with trying a new diet here and there, there are some things you can do to make them more interesting. Here are some ways you can cook your way to a slimmer, healthier, and happier you.
Upgrade Your Cooking Utensils
Don’t expect to be able to cook five-star meals if you don’t own quality cooking materials. Cheap pots and pans may be great on your wallet for the short-term. However, you’ll end up spending far more money in the long run because they’ll need to be replaced more often. Since there are several types of cooking materials available, you may need to experiment with several brands before you find a good cooking set that you feel completely comfortable with. (Ed.: I love the Cuisinart stainless steel pots and pans I’ve purchased on sale at Amazon [affiliate link] – they’ve held up well through many years of use.)
Invest in Some Cooking Lessons and Cookbooks
Although there is no shortage of recipes available on the internet, there are still some things you can learn from cookbooks and cooking instructors. You don’t need to go to culinary school if that isn’t your career path of choice. You can sign up for lessons and get cookbooks from your local bookstore, library, and online. (Ed.: I learned a lot from watching Sara Moulton’s old “Cooking Live” show on Food Network. She has lots of videos on her web site.)
Learn How to Stage Your Foods
One of the biggest factors that can make or break anyone’s appetite is the way a dish looks. Dishes and meals that are put together sloppily are not as tantalizing and appetizing as foods that are carefully and artistically plated. Think colors, shapes, and textures; they all contribute to the final appearance of any dish.
Learn the Art of Food Pairing
They may look good together, but not all foods taste and go well together. This is where the art of food pairing comes in. For instance, a meal composed of meatloaf and mashed potatoes is a great dish for anyone who wants to enjoy a comfort meal. However, the pairing of these two foods can lead to digestive complications. Mashed potatoes are a source of starch and saturated fats that may lead to slow digestion and constipation because of its incompatibility with the protein in meatloaf.
Eat Smaller Portions
No matter how good something looks, overindulgence can lead to a bigger waistline, higher numbers on the scale, and health issues. Get in the habit of consuming smaller meals throughout the day to facilitate proper nutrient absorption, digestion, and more energy.
Make it Spicy
It is possible and more beneficial for you to enjoy better health by incorporating the use of more spices into your cooking. The right combination of herbs and spices can create a powerful and more flavorful experience in your mouth and aid in digestion as well. Spices can also help to lessen your dependence on fatty and sugary condiments and food additives.
Open Up Your Taste Palette
Don’t get stuck in a rut and make the same old meals every day. Experiment with different foods so you can discover more of the culinary delights that are out there. Trying out new foods can make it easier for you to eliminate unhealthy ones from your diet.
Switch to Plant-Based Foods
Some popular organic food chains like Whole Foods sell products that are made by popular food engineering companies, such as Hampton Creek. What is Hampton Creek? It’s a leading food-tech company that produces popular food products, such as eggless mayonnaise for people who are heath conscious about what they eat. Many plant-based foods are easy on the digestive system, which can aid other body functions, leading to improved overall health.
Cook With More Liquids
Foods that are high in water content, such as certain fruits and vegetables can infuse your dishes with more liquid. Liquids help to improve and maintain proper electrolyte balance in your body to promote healthy cell function. Fruits and veggies are also foods you don’t necessarily need to add a lot of heat to in order to incorporate them into your meals. Try them raw, steamed, and baked for added variety and presentation points.
With the right approach, cooking and eating healthy foods for a better you doesn’t have to be bland and boring. Use the above suggestions to help you to get the look and physique you want. Remember, in order for you to improve what you look like on the outside and how you feel, you need to be careful about what you consume and put on the inside.