Do you think you’re cooking healthy meals, but aren’t sure?
Here’s how you know if your meals are healthy…
Use Quality Ingredients. Ingredients are the building blocks to a healthy meal so pay attention to the quality of the ingredients you use.
Choose foods that are:
- Fresh, organic and seasonal
- Pronounceable ingredients
- Whole foods
Healthy Cooking Method. The method in which you cook your meal determines how many calories, how much added fat, and the number of nutrients that survive.
Don’t prepare meals like this:
- Fried and battered
- Processed and packaged
- Doused with cream sauce
Choose these cooking methods:
Center Around Protein. The main part of your meal needs to be a quality source of protein. With the first 2 guidelines in mind, these will be high quality and healthfully prepared.
Good choices of protein include:
- Lean red meat
- Lean pork
Pile On The Veggies. Veggies will fill you up while delivering vitamins and nutrient in low-calorie packages. Fill at least two thirds of your plate with fibrous vegetables.
Try these recipes:
- Veggie Soup with Pesto. Serving a veggie-filled soup is a great way to pack in vegetables.
- Spaghetti Squash Gratin. Spaghetti squash is a great substitute for noodles.
- Roasted Harvest Veggies. Roast veggies to bring out the flavor.
- Real Healthy Rice. Cauliflower is a surprising substitute for rice.
Lose The Carbs. The facts are simple, meals that are made with carb-filled ingredients just aren’t healthy for you. These foods lead to weight gain.
Starches to Avoid:
- Rice and cereal
- Bread and crackers
Here are 10 Healthy Dinner Ideas.