Healthy Foods & Cooking

Healthy Foods & Cooking

Healthy Foods & Cooking
Do you want to cook healthier? With some simple tweaks, you can lighten up regular recipes for brownies, casseroles, and other tasty treats. Plan healthy meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner by learning about healthy food substitutions. For instance, you can sprinkle powdered sugar on cakes instead of using frosting. Reduce fat and calories in baked goods by cutting the fat ingredient such as butter or margarine by one-half and substituting a moist ingredient like applesauce, fat-free sour cream or orange juice. Read on to learn more tips about healthy foods and in no time you will be cooking healthy recipes for you and your family.

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    Macadamia nuts have a high fat content and so become rancid fast. A Vacuum sealed container of macadamia nuts would be best in terms of freshness. They can be stored in the refrigerator for upto 6 months and in the freezer for upto a year. However, it is best to enjoy them within two months from opening the container.
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    You may want to check out the Monteray Bay Aquarium's "Seafood Watch" Program to find out about who/what they recommend, sign up for their newsletter, and watch videos about seafood sustainability. They even have an app for Android and iPhone that can help you make the best choice wherever you are. I have been to cafetarias and restaurants that list themselves as part of the Seafood Watch.

    As for grocery shopping, if you are lucky enough to live near a Whole Foods, I would recommend going there for seafood if you are concerned about sustainability.

    I will add that Walt Disney World also explained to me, during my visit, that their fish products, whose names were not ones I recognized, were being served as they were considered more sustainable. Just FYI if you're going on vacation there in the near future.

     
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    Peanuts are sold as shelled and unshelled roasted nuts, as peanut butter, and as peanut oil. Peanuts are found in both bulk bins and prepackaged containers. For maximum freshness, it is always important to ensure there is no moisture in the peanuts you are purchasing and that for bulk items, the bins from which you obtain your peanuts is covered. For fresh stock, your grocer should have a high volume and quick turnover. If possible, try to smell the peanuts, and look for a rancid smell that may mean these particular peanuts are past their prime.

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    I plan my meals and snacks for the whole week and shop from the list buying only the things I need for the week or to restock my pantry of healthy staples.

    Shopping the perimeter of the store will take you to your essentials. My essentials are fresh produce, chicken/fish/tofu/meatless crumbles, breads and grains, milk (soy and almond) and low fat or veggie cheeses. This will help keep you away from the isles with packaged foods. You will need to make several side trips for things like frozen veggies or cereals and canned goods but if you go with a list and stick to the list you will be less tempted by impulse buying.
     
     
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    Brazil nuts are available in raw, roasted and dry-roasted forms. They can be found with or without shells. When purchasing Brazil nuts in shells, ensure that there is not much of a rattle as this will mean a fully-formed nut. The shell should not look shriveled. The nut should be plump and crisp looking.
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    Choose Swiss chard that is held in a chilled display, as this will help to ensure that it has a crunchier texture and sweeter taste. Look for leaves that are vivid green in color and that do not display any brown or yellow spots. The leaves should be unwilted and free of tiny holes, which may have been caused by insect damage. The stalks should look crisp and be unblemished.

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    Carrots are available throughout the year. The inspection of carrots begins with how they look; avoid carrots that have cracks, are bruised, or have mold growing on them. The carrots should be deep orange in color and fresh-looking. If the tops are not attached, look at the stem end and ensure that it is not darkly colored, as this isalso a sign of age. Next, evaluate the physical characteristics; avoid carrots that are limp or rubbery. The carrots should feel hard, crisp, and smooth.

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    Brussels sprouts should be firm and fresh in appearance, with a good green color. Avoid dull, wilted, or yellow Brussels sprouts. If they are sold individually, choose those of equal size to ensure that they will cook evenly. Brussels sprouts are available year-round, but their peak growing period is fall to early spring.

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    Yams are not widely available in the United States. If they are available, it will be at Asian or African food markets. Choose yams that are firm and do not have any cracks, bruises, or soft spots. Avoid those that are displayed in the refrigerated section of the produce department, since cold temperature negatively alters their taste.

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    Learn some strategies for grocery shopping for healthy foods on a budget in this video with Dr. Oz and Rachel Ray.


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