Trying to lose weight, cut calories or just get healthy? Try out some of our ideas for tweaking your cooking habits to help you reach your goals.
- Swap mashed potato for mashed cauliflower, pureed carrot or mushy peas – and save on the calories while you’re at it
- Use olive oil spray instead of pouring it – even though it has the same amount of calories, you tend to use a lot less when you spray the oil
- Rather than loading up on rice or pasta, bulk out your meals with leafy greens such as baby spinach. Spinach is really low in calories (just 24 cals / 100g) and full of vitamins and minerals.
- Try using yoghurt in place of things like sour cream or cream. The texture is similar but the calories are much lower.
- Bake meats on a tray to allow the fat to drip away
- Try using herbs in your cooking. They add a ton of flavour without the need for oil, butter, salt or sugar.
- You can often add a splash of water to a stir fry instead of oil.
- Where possible, scrub your veggies rather than peeling them. Lots of the nutrients are found just under the skin.
- Try poaching chicken in low sodium stock instead of frying it. The meat is super tender and no oil or butter is needed.
- Boil or poach your eggs instead of frying them to remove the need for oil or butter – try our delicious Spicy Shakshouka for a new take on poached eggs.
- If you can find it, choose grass fed beef as it often has less fat and more omega 3’s than grain fed beef.
- Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to a stir fry or salad, you might find that you won’t need to add salt.
- Try reducing the amount of meat you use – for instance in our Healthy Shepherd’s Pie we suggest using just 250g of mince and then throwing in a tin of lentils.
Try to cut down on processed foods by using home made versions. They tend to contain far less calories, as well as less salt, sugar and fats.
- Plan your meals and snacks in advance so that you don’t get caught out where there are unhealthy choices.
- Pop soup on your weekly meal plan. It’s filling, nutritious and budget-friendly. We love this Lamb Shank and Spiced Veggie Soup.
- Keep frozen berries in your freezer. They are great as a snack with some yoghurt, or you can add them to your Healthy Mummy Smoothies.
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