Food | How to make your food healthier

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Can you really cook meals that are both tasty and healthy? We look at the best ways to make your food healthier…and even tastier.

When time starved and hungry, it is just easier to rustle up something quick and easy. Most of the time, however, it is often the wrong and unhealthy choice we opt for.

So, how can you make your food healthier? Being a little more creative and conscious can help a little in the kitchen.

When making a carbonara or mac and cheese, for example, substitute the butter, heavy cream and cheese with lower fat options. The best cream substitute comprises low fat milk and all-purpose flour, resulting in less grams of saturated fat and calories.

Swap your extra-virgin olive and canola oil for coconut. Alternatively, use less oil when cooking or adding to salads.

Deep frying is quick, and tasty. However, oven frying has the same effect and less calories. Dip your chicken, fish or vegetables in milk, buttermilk or egg, dredge in seasoned flour or breadcrumbs, then coat with low-fat cooking spray. Place on a baking sheet and cook until crispy.

Reduce the amount of salt you add to your dishes, especially if you are adding sauces or using processed food. Use fresh herbs and a squeeze of lemon to add flavour.

From pasta and bread to flour, always use whole-wheat varieties. This is most beneficial in baked goods as they can contain high amounts of sugar. Indeed, when cooking such goods, use canola or olive oil instead of butter. This effectively swaps the the good fats for bad fats. Use two egg whites in place of one whole egg in any recipe. An egg white has only 16 calories compared to 54 in an egg yolk.

It’s the small changes that will make a big difference in your diet.