How to Cook a Healthy Meal

It seems like every day it becomes more and more difficult to eat a healthy meal. If you have to eat outside because of work all you see is fats, cholesterol, and sugars in every single meal. Fortunately with very little effort and good shopping habits, you can make a delicious and very healthy meal that you and your family can enjoy without spending a lot of money. At first it may take a little time to get used to shopping for the right ingredients, and looking at the labels, but in the end it is worth it. Your body and your mind will feel better and overall you will feel the change just by making a few changes that are easily made.

Salt and Blood Pressure

Our bodies need 500 milligrams of salt per day to function although the recommended sodium intake is 2400 milligrams. To put that in perspective an Angus Chipotle BBQ bacon Burger at McDonald’s  alone 2020 milligrams of sodium and that is without including your fries and drinks that come with a meal. You can reduce your sodium intake at home by using no salt seasonings. They combine spices so that you can season your food and still be able to get a good taste out of them. Sea salt is also a healthier alternative. Cooking with less sodium does not necessarily mean that you will end with a tasteless meal. You just have to be a bit more creative on where you get your flavors from.

Reduce the Amount of sugar

Sugar is actually addictive, but it is one of the easiest addictions to get over. Extra sugar in your diet can become unused calories and weight gain takes place. Some people have a sweet tooth though and getting rid of those sweet foods can be challenging. There are ways to reduce your sugar intake. Sugar substitutes are getting better and having fruits while still provides you with sugar intake, can bring it to a minimum. When you make your own meal you also control the sugar that goes into your food. There are also desserts that use less or no sugar. Going for those can make a huge difference in your calorie intake. You should also try to avoid soda and maybe replace it with flavored water.

Getting Full

A healthier meal does not mean less food. The little changes can be done in the amount of each ingredient. Adding vegetables to your meals will make you feel like you are eating the same amount of food while still eating to your heart’s content. Difference is that when you eat more vegetables your heart will actually be happy. That is not to advocate that you give up all meat, our bodies actually need proteins that meat provides. But a reduction on the amount of meat (especially red meat) will lead you to a healthier lifestyle.

Check the Labels

Processed foods can be the downfall of any diet, but they do not have to be. When you are shopping for your cooking always check the labels, not just the prices. Things like Trans fats, cholesterol, high sodium, sugars can be hiding in the places you least expect it. You may think you are getting something healthy to add to your vegetable salad, but once you look at the labels you realize that they are not healthy at all. Check the labels especially of canned foods as they can be high in sodium. Once you find the brands that are better in the levels of ingredients that you want to avoid write them down and stick with them, at least until you find one better.

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