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How to be a healthier home cook

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Whilst dining out is fun, it can certainly have detrimental effects on your health when done in excess, you might notice some added kilos to your weight.



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Learning to be a healthier home cook can be a great way to lighten up your calorie intake and live a healthier lifestyle. Image credit: Geertcolp/sxc.hu


You will then make haste to find recipe books and try your hand at cooking. To enjoy some fine, healthy, home cooked meals, start by setting aside the time for cooking. One assurance that you have when you cook your own food is that you know what went into the pot, unlike when you eat at the so-called health food restaurants where you really cannot tell what went into the pot.

Here are some tips to enjoy healthy food at home:

Choose healthy fats
Sometimes it can be hard to image your burrito without the sour cream, but you can still enjoy them with guacamole and Greek yoghurt.



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Pay close attention to the calories in some low fat items (particularly yoghurt) as low fat doesn't always mean low calorie. Image credit:Agapi Efremidou/sxc.hu


Pay close attention to labels, sometimes things labeled 'low fat' or 'fat free' may have less fat but higher calories because sugar has been added in it's place. This is often the case with fruit yoghurts.

Make friends with vegetables
You can never go wrong with vegetables and the good thing is that they can be used with any kind of food as a side dish. Or perhaps try allocating two or three nights a week as vegetarian nights. Rich in fibre and nutrients, vegetables can make you feel less hungry during the day.



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Vegetables are rich in fibre and can help curb your appetite during the day. Image credit: Geertcolp/sxc.hu


Marinate your Meats
Lean meats can be marinated in citrus juice or vinegar, which in turn tenderises and adds an appealing flavor to your meat. Alternatively, you could create your marinade with wine. You'll get plenty of extra flavour without the extra calories of store-bought sauces.

Avoid skin
Removing skin (albeit sometimes the tastiest part) from meat like chicken can cut back on calories dramatically.

Befriend the oven
It is important to avoid pan frying as much as you can when cooking meat. Food cooked in the oven is healthier, and often has more depth of flavour. In addition, the oven produces crunchier and crispier food than the pan.



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Enhance the flavour of your food with spices and herbs. Image credit: Natalia Pankova/sxc.hu


Enhance food with herbs and spices
Plain food can be boring and no matter how healthy it is, if it is not a delight to the palate, you will not enjoy it. Flavours like cardamom, coriander, coriander, oregano and basil are readily available at the grocery stores.

Healthy home cooked meals do not necessarily mean denying yourself simple culinary pleasures. You can have a healthy, yet very delicious home cooked meal. Once you are ready to walk the clean eating route, ensure that you collect as many recipes as possible - the internet is invaluable in this regard. Home cooking is very fulfilling once you get started.

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