It's not always easy to eat healthier when takeout is just a tempting click away. However, a few handy skills under your belt (and a bit of inspiration) will grant you a one-way ticket to healthy, stress-free cooking.
Just moved out of your parents' house and breaking in your new kitchen? Or perhaps you're ferreting out a way to marinate meats before throwing them on the grill? Maybe you're wondering what you can swap butter for in your healthy baking spree? Whatever it is, our guide has you covered.
Read on to discover everything you need to know about healthy cooking. From beginner tips to more advanced expert-approved tricks that elevate your skills, you'll finally conquer the kitchen and cook healthy and delicious meals every time.
The kitchen is a vast unknown and you're tired of dining out — we've all been there. Cooking meals at home can help you achieve your health and weight-loss goals, and there's no better time to start learning how to cook than now.
Luckily, preparing food at home isn't that complex — especially when you've got the basics down pat. You'd be shocked how much easier cooking gets once you've mastered poaching and stocked up on the six pantry staples that every home cook should have on hand at all times. Soon enough, not only will you be throwing away your takeout menus, you'll also be inviting your friends and family over to enjoy your creations!
Make the Most Out of Your Microwave
Your microwave is a kitchen MVP: It can reheat leftovers and expedite your meal prep. Plus, your microwave can also help you eat a whole lot healthier. Not convinced? The handy yet underrated kitchen appliance makes it easier to exercise portion control and resist the lure of ordering in.
If you've been using your microwave primarily to heat up frozen foods or pop a bag of popcorn, it's time to familiarize yourself with all the other ways you can use the tool. From getting more juice out of your citrus to whipping up single-serving desserts in a jiffy, your microwave can help you make healthy meals that much faster.
Is It Grilling Season Yet?
Warm weather means it's time to grill, but a steady diet of basic backyard burgers and hot dogs isn't really doing your health any favors.
Ditch the processed stuff and opt for lean meats dressed with homemade marinades that add way more flavor than bottled barbecue sauce ever will. You can even throw fruit on the fire for an alternative dessert that's refreshingly sweet — and much better for your body than s'mores.
Master Sweet — and Savory — Baking
You've probably already been putting your oven to good use, baking everything from tasty desserts to satiating proteins and veggies. Yes, you and your oven go way back, but you may not realize the trusty appliance can help you infuse food with flavor — without bumping up calories or fat!
Find the very best healthy ingredient swaps for your favorite pastries along with savvy ways to ensure your meats don't dry out. Plus, get ideas that just might make your kids actually eat their vegetables instead of feeding them to Fido under the table.
Think You Know It All?
You know your way around the kitchen and your meals always earn praise from family and friends — but your cooking may not get big points on the health scoreboard. Every home chef has room for improvement, and you can easily employ some advanced tricks to keep your taste buds happy and your body healthy.
Whether you're crafting a snack, a four-course meal or a lavish dessert, these inventive hacks will have you feeling Top Chef-worthy while helping you optimize every dish's nutrition value.