Having a healthy relationship with food is so important. Cooking meals for ourselves is also important. It can give us a better insight into what foods to use, what foods we like, how we like our food to be and what new things we can look into. Cooking at home can be much healthier. This is not to say that you can’t find healthy restaurants, but you certainly have less control over the ingredients you eat. Cooking gives you more say in what goes into your meals and puts the power into your hands.
Now more than ever, keeping healthy is important. During the Covid 19 crisis, we will want to eat as well as we can and avoid overloading with fats and sugars. So here are some tips to start cooking yourself healthy!
If you are an avid meat eater then you will want to look at the importance of getting cuts of meat that are not laced in fat. Choose lean meats and reduced-fat dairy products and look at buying things such as nuts, seeds, fish, soy, olives and avocado. You will need to have access to essential long-chain fatty acids and these fats are accompanied by other good nutrients. Cut all the fat off your meat and be sure to cook with healthy fats too such as olive and canola oil.
Keep the nutrients sealed in!
You must ensure that you don’t boil, scrub or peel any of your goodness away, which is why it is very important to:
- Scrub vegetables rather than peel them, as many nutrients are in or around the skin.
- Microwave or steam vegetables instead of boiling the goodness out of them.
- If you like to boil vegetables, use a small amount of water and do not over boil them, have them not too soft.
Don’t over salt anything!
You can use pink himmalyan salt which is a healthy alternative but if you do not have access to this then you can certainly just look at cutting down your salt intake. Salt makes things taste better, but research suggests that a high salt diet could contribute to a range of health issues. One of which includes high blood pressure which can lead to heart disease. Reduce salt in your cooking by:
- Taste it first and make decisions to add salt after.
- Add a splash of olive oil, vinegar or lemon juice close to the end of cooking time or to cooked vegetables instead!
- Choose fresh or frozen vegetables, as canned veg has added salt, even though they still do have benefits.
- Limit your consumption of salty foods. Processed meats such as salami, ham, corned beef, bacon are very high in salt and fast and should really not be consumed often at all.