The holiday season often brings delicious meals and treats, and it can be tough to cook and eat healthy with so many good foods to choose from. But it is still best for your health to follow healthy cooking so here are 5 tips to help you do that:
1. Use Healthy Ingredients
Choosing healthy ingredients is always the first step to healthy cooking and it should be no different when you start cooking this holiday season. Always choose nutrient rich organic foods, whole grains, aged rice etc. and healthier fats for your recipes. Cut the amount of oils and butter in your recipe and only use oils on top of cooked food instead of frying.
2. Use Fist Size Meals
It is best to discourage heavy meals and second helpings and instead eat in fist size quantities, which is a great way to measure the size of your helpings. Studies indicate that we eat more when we use larger plates so use smaller plates for your meals. Prefer lighter foods over the ones rich in carbohydrates and fats because there is a limit to how much your body can burn in winter. Cook meals that are easier to cook and lighter to digest in order to enjoy your delicious foods to the fullest. Also, plate up the desserts in very small portions.
3. Include Protein-rich Foods
Proteins curb your appetite so reduce cravings for fats and sugars. It is best to include small healthy protein bites as appetizers like egg whites, light cheeses, smoked salmon on cucumbers, shrimp cocktail, herbed nuts etc. in your meals to form an overall nutritious yet fulfilling meal. This will also prevent you from overeating.
4. Use Healthy Cookware
We just can’t stress enough on the importance of healthy cookware for healthy holiday cooking. Instead of cooking in unhealthy metal and ceramics cookware that leach toxins and contaminate food while also destroying most of the nutrients, use pure clay cookware for cooking your healthy meals. Pure clay is 100% non-toxic and keeps nutrients intact. By cooking your meals in pure clay, you will not only save the health value of your food but also save a lot of time and energy because clay pot cooking is faster than conventional cooking even on low heat. You can order a pure clay pot from Miriams Earthen Cookware’s global online store (click the link to visit a free encyclopedia of pure clay cooking).
5. Use Colors of the Rainbow
There is nothing more delicious than a healthy home cooked meal, but it is important to make it colorful. Include a variety of foods with different colors in your meals so you get a balance of all the essential nutrients instead of an abundance of some and shortage of others.
It is also a good idea to eat raw foods. Three quarters of a person’s diet should consist of uncooked food so include enough fruits (both fresh and dried), freshly made fruit and vegetable juices, vegetable salads, soaked and sprouted beans, grains, and legumes, coconut milk, raw nuts and seeds etc. to your daily diet. These digest easily and are also good for weight loss.
Hope these tips help you stay on your healthy cooking spree while also enjoying delicious meals with your family this holiday season. Wish you a very happy healthy holiday cooking! 😊