Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tips For A Healthier Cuisine - Lean Cooking

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Lean cooking does not necessarily mean you have to cut out every single ingredient you love; moderation and balance are critical in any diet, and therefore the right preparation is also important when you are looking for healthier meal options. When you are trying to lose weight, get fit, or simply maintain a healthy lifestyle for you and the family, these are a few of the things you can do to make simple, yet healthy and effective changes.

Meat, poultry, other beef 

If you do consume meat, whether it is steak, fish, poultry, or other sources, keep it lean. Choosing a leaner cut of meat, removing the skin, and the right preparation methods are key. If you do eat beef or meat, look for those with the word round or loin attached to them (sirloin), as they generally have the fat trimmed off, and are generally leaner cuts of meat.

Reduce the extras

When it comes to oil, marinades, sweet sauces, and other add ons, keep them to a minimum. If possible, try to make your own sauces and marinades, rather than purchasing prepackaged ones that are full of sugar and other artificial ingredients.

Stir fry 

When it comes to vegetables, stir fry is a great option. You can place them in a pan, wok, or other cooking vessel, and simply blend them with a few herbs and spices. Not only are they tasty, the crisp nature of these vegetables means they retain the nutrients you want to get out of them.

Cook methods

In terms of lean cooking, the right cooking method can go a long way. If you love chicken fried steak, you do not have to eliminate it; instead of deep frying, use alternate cooking methods like pan searing. You can use egg whites and homemade bread crumbs (rather than store bought). By eliminating grease and fatty oils, you can greatly reduce caloric intake. This is not the only dish you can make healthier; when it comes to cooking, choose: roast, sear, broil, bake, as opposed to deep fried or pan fry methods.

Oils

You can use oil, but go with olive oil, and try to use extra virgin if possible. Coconut oil is also a great choice; but, even with healthy oils, you have to limit them. Anything, even the best foods, are no longer good for you if you are consuming too much. In lieu of oil, you can also use cooking sprays, or simply use a wok filled with water for broiling certain dishes.

Consume greens, fresh fruits, get rid of processed and refined foods. These are some simple solutions that you can take with you in to the kitchen, when you are trying to make healthier meals. Lean cooking does not mean you have to get rid of things you love, but you do have to keep moderation and balance in mind. And, a few simple changes in the kitchen can go a long way to healthier meals, fewer calories, and healthy changes you want to make.

For more tips on lean cooking and great recipes have a look at Metabolic Cookbook by clicking here!

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