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How to Cook Light & Lowfat

by Mika Lo
  • Overview

    Consuming a diet of light and low-fat items can enhance your emotional and physical health. Conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity, and depression can be helped by eating nutritious food. Although you may be an experienced cook, you still may not be aware of how to prepare healthy meals. Breaking bad habits such using overusing salt is essential to making long-lasting dietary changes.
 
  • Step 1

    Pay attention to package labels and calorie counts. Knowing the nutritional value of food and ingredients helps you make better choices. Create well-balanced meals by combining foods and ingredients to meet daily caloric intake recommendations. Consult the food guide pyramid to ensure daily meals include the appropriate amount of food from each group.
  • Step 2

    Exercise portion control when cooking light and low-fat. Preparing too much food can result in overeating so it's important to calculate suitable portions before cooking. Use measuring cups to ensure you don't overestimate serving sizes. Avoid getting heavy-handed with ingredients such as salt and butter as these can quickly lower the overall nutritional benefits of a meal.
  • Step 3

    Perk up meals with fresh herbs and spices. Flavoring food with ingredients like basil, garlic, and rosemary can decrease the need for salt. Learning to appreciate different flavors can make it easier to customize basic recipes.
  • Step 4

    Modify recipes using suitable substitutions and conversions. Understand that cooking light and low-fat doesn't mean you have to abandon all your favorite dishes. Finding ways to enjoy some of your favorite foods may actually benefit your healthy eating efforts. Learning common substitutions and conversions such as replacing sour cream with plain yogurt, or using two egg whites instead of a standard egg, can widen your food options.
  • Step 5

    Step outside of your comfort zone. Trying new foods can boost your cooking confidence and skill. It can also keep you motivated to continue cooking light and low-fat meals. Visiting your local farmer's market can expose you to a greater variety of vegetables and fruits. Buying light and low-fat cookbooks can also give you new ideas.
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  • Learning different cooking techniques such as grilling, steaming, and broiling can enhance a healthy diet. Using olive oil can have a positive effect on your cholesterol level.
  • Learning different cooking techniques such as grilling, steaming, and broiling can enhance a healthy diet.
  • Using olive oil can have a positive effect on your cholesterol level.
  • Avoid the urge to finish every morsel of food on your plate. You should stop eating when you feel full. Don't try to cut fat completely out of your diet.
  • Avoid the urge to finish every morsel of food on your plate. You should stop eating when you feel full.
  • Don't try to cut fat completely out of your diet.

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