The past year has seen the increasing popularity of organic and wholesome foods, gluten-free diets, quitting sugar, avocado toast, even activated charcoal for detoxing. Everyone is looking for ways to lead a healthier lifestyle, one plate at a time. We expect this to continue into 2018. Read on to learn about how you can fire up the new year using simple tips to have a healthier–but still tasty–kitchen.
Start 2018 Strong With Spicy and Seasoned
1. Things You Can Do to Jumpstart Your Year
Who said tasty can’t be healthy? Start 2018 right by whipping up the most delicious and nutritious meals in the kitchen. With these simple tips, you can be sure to enjoy a healthy diet while still savoring mouthwatering dishes.
Reduce Saturated and Trans Fat
Saturated and trans fats are bad for the heart. To reduce the bad fats in your meals, buy lean cuts of meat. You can also cut back on processed meats such as hot dogs and bacon. Instead of frying, explore new recipes that require you to bake, broil, roast, or stew your meats. You can switch between these ways of cooking for variety. Additionally, a great way to cut back on saturated and trans fats is to replace some of your cooking oil with vegetable broth. This adds flavor while also reducing fat.
Other ways to reduce unhealthy fat is to replace higher-fat cheese with lower-fat options. You can also thicken your sauces with evaporated fat-free milk or yogurt instead of whole milk.
Choose Good Fats
Yup, you read that right. There are good kinds of fat. Specifically, these are the ones that promote good metabolism and a healthy heart. Instead of butter, try using canola, olive, pecan, or flaxseed oil. Olive and flaxseed oil are rich in omega-3. Another good source of omega-3 and protein is eggs.
You should also try out recipes that make use of fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, lake trout, and tuna.
Use Sodium-Free Flavor Boosters
Sodium is a nutrient that the body needs. While small doses of sodium are fine, eating too much of it poses risks to your kidneys and heart. To cut back on sodium, season foods with lemon, fresh herbs, and spices instead of processed salt or sodium products. These spices and seasonings come with not only bursts of flavor but also plenty of health benefits. For example, cumin and parsley contain an anti-oxidants which reduce the risk of cancer.
Make sure to also check out the Nutrition Facts label in the canned goods you buy at the grocery. It’s best practice to choose items with the least sodium content. Avoid processed foods such as canned meat and beans, as well as sausages.
If you want to reduce your calorie intake without cutting back on your satisfaction, add whole grains and vegetables to bulk up your meal. You’ll feel full without having to reduce your portions. This is also a great way of ensuring you have enough grains and vegetables in your diet as we typically don’t get enough of them in our daily meals. For every pound of meat, try adding a cup of diced vegetables or cooked grains.
Don’t Forget to Include Fruits and Vegetables
Include fruits and vegetables as part of your regular diet to get the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Try adding strawberries or slices of bananas to your cereal and zucchini to your pasta. Not only will these enhance your meals, you will also reap the health benefits. You may also try swapping out your chips and cookies for apples, oranges, and baby carrots. If you’re worried that vegetables will be “boring” and “tasteless,” you can add a teaspoon of turmeric or red pepper. Get creative with your spice rack and whip up seasoned, roasted, or dehydrated fruit and veggie snacks!
2. What to Look Forward to This Year
2018 will be filled with exciting new recipes. Let your culinary creativity run wild with our help! We’ll give you tips on how to spice up your meals and snacks using sriracha, the best way to prepare meat with beer, and how to make various pasta dishes. We’ll explore a variety of international flavors that will surely become your family’s next favorites. Stay tuned for all these and more!
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Keeping a healthy diet may be challenging but the rewards will be worth it. Let this coming 2018 be the year you amp up your dishes and your healthy lifestyle! Regularly check our site to find recipes and articles that will help you along the way to get the best out of the meals you whip up in the kitchen.
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