Healthy Cooking Methods

Sometimes eating healthy is all in the way you cook your food. Here are some cooking tips to help you prepare healthier meals.

  • Blanching: Submerge vegetables or fruit in boiling water for just a moment, then remove and place in an ice bath to stop the cooking. This retains the crispness and color of the food.

  • Marinating: Marinating meat, vegetables and fruit adds flavor and softens the texture of the food. Marinades made from fresh ingredients, including citrus juice, vinegars, beer, wine, spices, and herbs, can help you achieve the same delicious marinade without the use of added oils. Marinate food for about an hour to achieve maximum results.

  • Poaching: Poaching is not just for eggs. This technique also works well with a variety of fish, meats, vegetables and fruits. Combine stock or juice with flavor from herbs, spices or vinegars. Submerge the food in the gently simmering liquid until just tender. Remove from heat, strain and serve.

  • Slow cooking: Slow cooking is the best cooking method for beans and stews. Cook on the stovetop or in a slow cooker at a very low temperature for multiple hours.

  • Steam frying: Instead of frying food with oil, add a splash of water, stock, fresh juice, vinegar, or coconut water to the frying pan.

  • Steaming: To retain optimum freshness and nutritional content, steam vegetables as lightly as possible. Use the leftover water, which contains valuable nutrients, in soups or for steam frying.

  • Toasting: Toast nuts, seeds and whole spices in a dry skillet on the stovetop or in a rimmed baking sheet in the oven. This cooking method helps this food release their natural oils and enhance their flavor. Stir frequently to make sure the food doesn’t burn.