Home cooked meals will always be superior to fast food. Cooking your meals at home is also a great strategy for people who want to lose weight! Unfortunately, some cooking habits are downright fattening! Even “healthy” meals become unhealthy due to wrong cooking practices. In today’s post, we are listing down simple cooking hacks to help you achieve the best shape of your life:
Use the Right Cooking Oil
Not all cooking oils are created equal. Some oils have very low smoke points, making them less than ideal for frying food. Worse, when these oils reach their smoke points, they start degrading. They produce free radicals and toxins, which are obviously unhealthy. Olive oil, sunflower oil, and safflower oil are best as dressing and low-heat cooking because they burn fairly quickly. Canola oil, corn oil, and vegetable oil are best for deep-frying because they do not burn quickly.
If you want to use virgin olive oil for frying, you can. However, you’ll have to combine it with a slow-burning oil to extend the smoke point of olive oil.
Checking the Serving Size
When it comes to losing weight, portions are everything! But let’s face it, it’s hard to keep track of the portion sizes when you cooked too much pasta last night. If you don’t keep an eye on the serving size, you will take in more calories than you normally would. Our advice is to measure the serving size to keep the portion healthy. This goes especially if you’re serving carbohydrate-based foods or meat dishes.
Use a Roasting Pan
Baking is one of the best ways to keep dishes as low in calories as possible. But for most people who love baking meats, there’s a good chance that they use a baking dish instead of roasting pans. This leaves the meat roasting in its own grease as it cooks. This will increase the caloric content of the meat. Using a roasting pan should resolve the issue. A roasting pan lets the fat drip away from the meat, keeping calories and cholesterol levels down.
Add Generous Spices
Don’t make the habit of using excessive salt, butter, sugar or fat to flavor your favorite dishes. These seasonings can increase the caloric content of your dishes significantly. Instead of using unhealthy seasonings, add spices. Dried herbs and spices add depth to your favorite dishes without the extra fat and calories. You can develop different herb and spices combos to create new, exciting flavors too!
Use Less Oil
Are you a fan of deep-frying? You could be adding hundreds of calories on top of your home-cooked meals. Just a few tablespoons of oil can add more than a hundred calories in every dish you cook. And these calories add up pretty fast!
Cooking oil should be used to keep the food from sticking from the pan. It’s not meant to deep-fry everything you fry! Our advice is to use spray oil when pan-frying. This way, you don’t overdo the cooking oil, making your food greasier.
Go for Beef
Contrary to popular belief, poultry isn’t healthier than beef. A four-ounce serving of ground turkey contains 205 calories while the same size serving of ground lean beef contains 155 calories. You can keep the calories down even more by minimizing oil.