Whole Food Cooking Tips For a Healthy Body

Cooking Whole Foods is the Key to A Healthy Body

For a healthier and happier body it is important to vary your diet by eating a variety of whole foods. Eating whole foods requires a bit of forward planning, that is why we have put together our list of whole food cooking tips for a healthy body to get you started on the right path.

  1. Skin Health Hub Body Health Whole Food Cooking Tips For A Healthy BodyHomemade is the first step and the easiest way to ensure you are eating healthily. Pre-made products are convenient, but, they always contain additives, preservatives, sugar, added salt and other unnecessary ingredients, that is why we need to limit our intake of packaged foods.
  2. Whole food cooking does take a bit of time to prepare so we recommend planning ahead for the week so that you have everything ready in advanced. Timesaver Tip: Chop up vegetables in batches, portion into freezer bags, and freeze to use throughout the week.
  3. Buy organic produce whenever possible. Farmer’s markets are popping up everywhere and you will find them to be the best places for locally grown organic produce, organic meats, fresh nuts and even natural dairy products.
  4. When cooking whole food, consider your method of cooking to maintain the integrity of the food. Grill meats and fish in their natural state without coating them in breading.
  5. Steaming and poaching are also great ways to cook fish, poultry and vegetables as the process preserves the nutritional value of the whole food intact.
  6. Eat and cook with a variety of foods using a rainbow of colors to add visual appeal and get the most nutritional value.
  7. If you really hate eating whole vegetables, try juicing them instead. A little sweetness can be added with low sugar fruits, like lemons, limes, apples and ginger.
  8. Always buy in season fruits and vegetables as it is more cost effective.
  9. Avoid traditional pre-packaged breakfast ceareals and switch to making fresh vegetable omelets with organic or free range eggs, nonfat yogurt with fresh fruit, and steel cut oats oatmeal with fresh fruit.
  10. Bake your own bread. Replace 50% of white flour in baking recipes with whole wheat flour or substitute almond flour for white flour.
  11. Use slow cooking methods. Timesaver Tip: Cooking with a crock-pot is a fantastic way to always have nutritious whole food on the go. Simply place fresh herbs, vegetables, ham bones, turkey legs or a whole organic chicken, water, fresh tomatoes, onion and garlic,turn it on before you leave for work and you’re done! Keep the heat on low and you can continue to add water and more vegetables to ‘top-up’ your creation.
  12. Use butter for cooking and eating instead of processed products like lard and margarine.
  13. Make homemade soups with all natural ingredients instead of using canned varieties. Soup can be made in bulk and frozen for fast access to wholesome goodness.
  14. Avoid ready-made side dishes, like pasta, rice and potato products as they are loaded with additives and preservatives. Make homemade choosing to leave the skin on the potatoes and switch to wholemeal rice and pasta.
  15. Avoid sweet preserves at breakfast time. Try crushing some fresh berries and spreading them onto your whole grain toast instead.
  16. Avoid buying canned products and sauces as they contain preservatives, too much sodium, sugar and other unnecessary ingredients.
  17. Make homemade ice cream using unpasteurized cream and fresh fruits as a healthier alternative to buying processed ice cream.
  18. Combine fresh fruits such as granny smith apples, lemons, limes and grapefruits add organic yogurt in a blender to make healthy juices and shakes.
  19. Make homemade popsicles by blending fresh fruit in a blender and freezing in ice trays for a healthier way to cool down in summer.
  20. Make your own peanut butter without additives or added sugar by chopping 2 cups of raw or roasted peanuts in a food processor, slowly blending in 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of vegetable or canola oil until the desired consistency is reached.
  21. Add flavor in all your recipes by using fresh herbs such as garlic, basil, parsley and oregano.

The whole food cooking tips for a healthy body above will provide the framework for you to start consuming food in its natural whole state, as opposed, to eating processed food, which, is chemically engineered and full of additives, preservatives and artificial flavors. Learn more about whole food cooking visiting our shop at: http://skinhealthshop.com/products/body-health/the-wholefood-lifestyle/

 

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