May 31, 2015

10 ways to make your dinner a bit healthier

Here are 10 steps to help you get closer to a healthier dinner!

1. Make your own salad dressing

Like with everything else, making your meals at home is always a healthier option than eating out or store bought items. Yeah, it takes more time but it’s worth it. And, IMO, always tastes WAY better! When you make your own salad dressing at home you are ensuring the fact that there will be no chemicals or preservatives! Dressing made with oil also help to absorb fat-soluble nutrients but go easy on the oil and be sure to choose a good one.

2. Don’t go back for more

When you’re cooking at home the food is typically so good and readily available for seconds. If you tend to go back for more, set aside the leftovers into portioned containers before you dine. That way you’ve prepped your lunch for the next day or two, and won’t be tempted go back for more! I really love using these glass containers for my leftovers.

3. Make Vegetables the Main Dish

Period. That’s it. Vegetables as a side are out. Vegetables as a main, are in. Check out Thug Kitchen‘s Spinach + Mushroom Lasagna recipe here.

4. Avoid the microwave

Instead boil, steam or use the slow cooker. This helps retain more nutrients and avoids dangers of microwave use.

5. Cook with better oils

Opt for oils including avocado, macadamia, coconut, and almond oil. They are more temperature stable oils than vegetable or olive. It’s OK to use EVOO for cold dishes like salad dressing.

6. Eat a smaller portion at night

It’s so easy to get caught up in our daily lives during work and forget to fuel our bodies properly. So, by the time we get home, all we want to do is put on stretchy pants, sit on the couch and eat a huge satisfying dinner. But, we don’t need that much energy before bed so try cutting your portions down for dinner while amping up your breakfast and lunch for the day. This will give your body more time to properly digest your food, and use up the energy those meals provide throughout the day.

7. Make it with veggie broth

From time to time, use broth instead of oils. They call it a ‘wet saute’ – and, I don’t know who ‘they’ is. Use twice as much broth as you would have oil to enjoy all the benefits!

8. Cut the carbs in half

If you’re fond of having a pasta or rice dish, use less grain and add in more vegetables! For example, in my lasagna recipe, you can use zucchini instead of noodles. Rice? Make half rice, half cauliflower rice. That means just blending some cauliflower to a rice like consistency. Trust me. It’s delicious.

9. Spice it up!

Ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, turmeric, and chili pepper are all easy additions to your dish, bringing a delicious flavor, and a fat-burning boost to your metabolism! Sprinkle over baked vegetables and salads or coat fish before baking.

10. Keep the skins on

Don’t peel your veggies. Just scrub them real good. Get rid of all the dirt and debris but still eat the skins to get all kinds of nutrients. Plus it adds more fiber and makes you feel more full.

 

What are some ways you like to make your meals healthier? Leave us a note!

Source: Food Matters TV

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