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Make Your Recipes Healthier! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brooke Allen   
Friday, 02 July 2010 21:59

You can find out a lot of information about food nowadays. You don't even have to buy a cookbook anymore; you can search for the recipe that you want online. However, not all the recipes that you find online (or in cookbooks) are actually good for you. Here are some ideas for making your recipes healthier:

 

 

  • Avoid processed foods – some recipes are convenient, but they're not actually good for you, because they are full of processed foods. One recipe calls for crescent rolls, hot dogs, and cheese slices. It might not take a lot of preparation time, but the final product will probably have a lot of chemicals that you're better off not eating.
  • Use organic products when possible – although some people promote organic products because they are good for the environment, the truth is, they are good for you too. Better quality foods will give you better quality health.
  • Use healthier oils – many of us are taught that margarine is good for us, and we need to avoid butter. However, a study that I read detailing American's eating habits really changed my way of thinking. In the early 20th century, most Americans consumed less than two grams of vegetable oil, and were eating about 18 pounds of butter per year. About 3,000 people died from heart attacks every year. Fast forward to today, when the average American eats less than four pounds of butter per person, and eat more than 30 grams of vegetable oil: 876,000 people die from heart disease. That convinced me to start using butter (my husband still uses margarine because it's easier to spread on toast). You can also substitute olive or coconut oil in a recipe when it calls for vegetable oil; coconut oil is safer to use at higher temperatures, as the other fats can break down if you heat them too high.
  • Try cage free – cage free eggs (especially organic cage free eggs) have higher levels of Omega 3 fatty acids, more beta carotene, less saturated fat and cholesterol, and more vitamin A. Who knew that a healthier chicken would produce a healthier egg?
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  • Go grass fed – just as the food that you eat will contribute to your health, the food that a cow eats will determine the health of the meat it produces. Substitute grass fed for conventional beef, and you'll eat a healthier cut of meat with more Omega 3s and vitamin E, and even fewer calories!

These food substitutions can be a little expensive; if you can't afford to do them all, do what you can. I try to use cage-free eggs all the time, eat less processed foods, and eat some grass-fed beef.

For more information about cooking with healthier foods, I recommend the Healthy Urban Kitchen.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 July 2010 22:10