The best way to stick to a healthy eating plan is to make sure that you know how to make lots of delicious healthy recipes. There are many cookbooks that you can purchase from a bookstore, or you can search online for healthy recipes and there will be many results to choose from.
How To Tell If A Recipe Is Healthy?
There are a couple of things that you can look for to determine if a recipe is healthy or not. The first thing is calories. How many calories per serving does the recipe have, and how big are the servings? Some recipes look like they many be low in calories but the serving sizes are so small that you would likely eat two or three servings in one sitting! Generally 500 calories or less per serving is a good number to watch for when looking at the calorie content of a recipe.
Also look at how much fat is in the recipe. Lately there has been a lot of hype about 'good fats' such as olive oil, flax seed oil, nuts and seed, avocado, etc.... these are beneficial fats for your body, but not in large doses! If a recipe has 50 grams of fat per serving, even if it is all from olive oil, that is way too much. Besides that, you will feel heavy and tired after eating that much fat. A good number to aim for is 20 grams or less of fat per serving.
How To Make Your Favorite Recipes Healthier
Most people have a couple recipes that are a family favorite, but generally these recipes are not healthy at all! There are some easy food swaps that you can make to still enjoy your favorite foods without having to do a four hour gym workout to burn off those calories!
• If a recipe calls for full fat milk or cream, simply use half skim milk and half full fat.
• If 1 cup of butter is required in the recipe, substitute in half a cup of applesauce and half a cup of butter.
• When cheese is called for, use reduced fat cheese.
• Cottage cheese can be added to any recipe to make it creamy and have a rich texture.
• Substitute fatty meats for leaner cuts of meat.
• When sauteing vegetables, saute them in vegetable or chicken broth instead of oil.
• Instead of adding a lot of sugar in a recipe, add half the amount of sugar and add some banana for natural sweet flavor.
• Instead of frying meat or vegetables, try baking, grilling, or poaching them.
• In sauces and salad dressings, try cutting down the amount of oil called for by 1/3. Most sauces are very oily, and will actually taste better with less oil!
Shopping For Healthy Ingredients
Usually at the grocery store, the healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and fresh meats are along the outer edges of the store. Shop around the outside of the store to get healthier and fresher ingredients to use in your healthy recipes. Also be sure to purchase low fat versions of dairy products, and lean cuts of meats.
Following these simple tips will get you making delicious healthy recipes in no time!