Making small lifestyle changes can make a big difference. This applies to cooking as much as it applies to any other aspect of life.
Although unhealthy ingredients can never add up to a healthy meal, depending on the preparation method, the best ingredients can lose their nutritional value and therefore any benefits they may have held for your health. So, for example, deep fried anything will never be a health food.
Kirk Home Centre has a wide range of healthy cooking alternatives available.
Reducing the temperature at which food is cooked is one of the best ways to maintain nutrition while also protecting food from carcinogenic compounds that can form in some foods during very high temperature cooking.
Using a slow cooker is not only convenient, as food can be prepared well in advance and then cooked slowly, but the lower temperatures can also prevent some temperature-sensitive nutrients from being destroyed.
Preparing food through steaming is one of the healthiest alternatives. It avoids the added fat and oil introduced during frying and also keeps the food from burning as it is cooked with steam. Whether a stand-alone steamer or a microwave steamer, all offer nutritional benefits.
Grillers that allow the fat to drain away from the food can also have a dramatic impact on the health benefits of food while cutting back on the number of calories as well.
Getting the recommended daily allowance of fresh fruit and vegetables can sometimes be tough. However, a juicer is a quick and easy way to extract the juice and goodness from fruit.
Calculating the nutritional content of food can be a chore, but is vital to any successful diet. However, technology has caught up with the needs of the modern dieter, with some kitchen scales offering built-in listings for the nutritional content of 999 different foods. Just weigh the food, enter the food code and the scale provides information on calories, protein and carbs, among other things.
Make the most of your food this year with Kirk Home Centre by considering not only what you prepare, but how you prepare it. WH