There are many different levels of cooking. There are the cooks that know to make a mean instant mac-and-cheese and whip up a microwave dinner in minutes, and then those who can create culinary masterpieces buffet style with all the trimmings.

Even if you aren’t a professional in the kitchen, cooking healthier is so easy to master. Home cooked meals are so much healthier than those microwavable dishes that are loaded with preservatives. Better yet, a healthy meal at home beats out any fast food order.

When cooking at home, you know exactly what you are putting into your body because you see all the ingredients that is entered. Cooking healthy means watching out for added calories, but your don’t have to give up delicious flavorings.

Steam Your Veggies

Steaming is one of the healthiest ways to cook. It just means cooking your food covered, allowing steam to get in. You can cook over a boiling water or even get a electric steamer. Steaming veggies is a great way to cook a healthy side because the nutrients ail be preserved. Instead of using salt that will just wash off, use lemon.

Broiling Meats and Fish

Broiling is one of the easiest ways to cook chicken or fish. It’s essentially the same as grilling, only instead of the heat coming from the bottom, when broiling, heat comes on top. You don’t need to add oil, but when cooking chicken or beef, make sure to marinate first. Broiling is done by placing your food in the bottom drawer of the oven.

Baked Not Fried

Instead of frying foods like chicken cutlets, opt to bake them instead. You can baked meats, fish, and even veggies. Just place the food in a pan and place into the oven.

Stir-frying

Yeah, we said not frying, but site-frying is different and is actually a healthy way to cook. It’s a traditional Asian method to cooking which includes cooking small pieces of food in a nonstick frying pan. You will only need a small amount of oil, or you can opt to saute your meal and use low-sodium broth in place of the oil.

Always use herbs and spices to include flavors instead of sauces and dressings that can be high in calories.

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