Many people like to start off the New Year by making resolutions to make their life better in some way. For some, it’s doing more exercise or spending less time at work and for others it’s eating healthier. When you need to decide what to cook for dinner, think about that resolution you made and start making healthier decisions. I can guarantee you will begin feeling better and ready to take on the world.
Use Less Oil
Oil is fat and while it helps keep things from sticking and can add a little flavor to certain foods, it doesn’t outweigh the fact that oil has no nutritional value. If you do decide to use oil, then use it sparingly and try to use healthier versions like olive oil.
Needless to say, frying is out. There is no such thing as a healthy fried food. You can have the healthiest vegetable on the planet, and once you cover it in breading and deep-fry it, it’s a giant ball of heart failure.
If you can get your children eating healthy early on, it’s easier to get them to keep eating healthy as they grow older. If your kids expect McDonalds when you get home from work, then they are on a road to a lifetime of unhealthy eating.
Just Say No To Processed Sugar
Processed sugar is like a drug. It’s the equivalent of confectionery heroin and millions of people are addicted to it. It comes in a million different forms from corn syrup to natural sweeteners, but the reality is processed sugar is still processed sugar. Processed sugar is a major reason why America has a weight problem. We add processed sugar to everything from bread to pasta, so most people are eating a ton of sugar and not even knowing it. If you can, then bake your own bread, make your own pasta and cut out the cookies, ice cream, etc. Replace them with fresh fruits, which have natural sugar, but also a ton of vitamins and other nutrients.
Veggie Up Your Dishes
We love meat. Sometimes it’s easier to make meat and a side and skip the veggies, but you’re doing yourself and your family a disservice. Vegetables can be added to almost any dish while it’s cooking. I love adding sliced onions, peppers and even spinach to cooked pasta. Carrots and other veggies can be thrown in the crockpot of your roast. They don’t even have to be cooked. Carrots, celery, cucumbers and other vegetables can be sliced up and put on the plate as is. No fuss, no muss.
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