Low fat cooking is a growing concern for many American’s. For beginners, it is important to know what to avoid when cooking, and what to add. Changing what you eat, and how you cook it, will make a significant difference in how you feel about yourself, and your health. Here are some valuable ways to do just that.
Stay away from fried foods, especially deep-fried. Grill, Bake, broil or steam whenever possible. Stir-fry’s are an excellent low fat meal with many nutrients your body needs.
Avoid processed or refined foods. Many of us have been in the habit of picking up what is convenient and cheap at the store. You’ll find that healthier foods cost more but it’s worth it for you and your family. Look at the ingredients on the back of everything you purchase and check your cupboards. Keep junk food out of that grocery cart!
Eat more fruits and vegetables. Instead of rice or pasta at the supper table, cut up some fresh vegetables or fruit for a side dish. A piece of fruit or a salad is a great snack any time of the day. You can also chop up some celery or carrots and have them with a low fat dressing.
For breakfast have an apple, banana or other fresh fruit and a low fat yogurt. If you want something hot, oatmeal will get your day started off right.
Eat lean cuts of beef, chicken, pork and fish. Cut the excess fat off before cooking. Make sure chicken skin is completely taken off before cooking.
Instead of drinking whole milk, drink 1%, 2% or skim milk.
When buying dairy products, buy the low fat versions. Low fat sour cream, yogurt, cheese and so on. Instead of regular ice cream, you can buy low fat or purchase sherbet or frozen fruit bars.
This Rainbow Soda dessert recipe, given to me by my mother, hits the spot on a hot summer day, without the fat!
8 ounces diet 7-Up or any diet lemon lime soda.
1 large scoop of rainbow sherbet.
Pour half of the 7-up in a large glass. Add the sherbet. Add the rest of the 7-up slowly until glass is full. Serve with a large iced teaspoon and straw.
If you are in a pinch and get fast food, pick grilled chicken instead of the breaded and fried, or a salad with low fat dressing. The same applies to restaurants. Grilled chicken and fish are good choices. Salsa is a nice topping on chicken and just lemon on the fish makes for a tasty meal.
Don’t use butter or margarine. Use a non-stick cooking spray instead when cooking.
Lastly, spices make the difference between dull tasting and delicious foods. Lemon Pepper, Garlic Powder, Dill, Chili Powder, and Mrs. Dash should be in everyone’s spice rack. Try them out and pick your favorites.