We get it, life is busy. Sometimes planning, buying and cooking a healthy, well-balanced dinner every night for your family can be a real challenge. To help you out, we’ve broken down some of the best ways to cook healthier versions of your favourite meals, without losing the taste.
Increase the fibre
You’ve probably heard this one before but when possible, you should be aiming to use brown alternatives of pasta, bread and rice. Whole grains are vital for good health as they contain higher amounts of vitamins, minerals, fibre, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, than refined grains do. In addition to this, whole grains have a lower glycemic index (great for your blood sugar levels) and will leave you feeling fuller for longer. It’s a win-win!
Reduce your sodium intake
One of the easiest ways to reduce your daily salt intake is by avoiding and replacing it with a much healthier option such as lemon wedges or a blend of herbs and spices. This way you’ll still get the flavour punch, just in a healthier form. Interesting fact: your salt preference is actually an acquired taste that can be unlearned. Apparently, it only takes about 6-8 weeks for your tastebuds to adjust to foods with much lower quantities of salt. Give it a go, your blood pressure will thank you!
Reduce unnecessary oil
We hate to break it to you, but some of the oils that you’re likely cooking with contain nasties such as saturated-fats and trans-fats. However, we have a solution for you in the form of the George Foreman Cyclo Chef Multi Air Cooker which can help you cook all your favourite meals, sans oil.
With a large cooking capacity and halogen heating elements, this appliance comes equipped with clever attachments such as a 1kg rolling basket, grill rack, rotisserie and kebab skewer so you’ll never have to ask yourself, ‘what should I make for dinner?’ ever again! Guilt-free rotisserie chicken anyone?