Practical Food Tips
Do you want to know how chefs, dietitians and other nutrition pros make nutritious meal prep a cinch? Here are their shortcuts, go-to ingredients, cooking techniques and must-buy gadgets for making life easier—and food tastier.
Whether you have a closet full of appliances and cookbooks or multiple kitchen drawers stuffed with take-out menus, the verdict is clear: Love it or hate it, cooking food at home is one of the best ways to improve your diet, lose weight and transform your health.
In Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation (Penguin 2014), author Michael Pollan calls home cooking the “single most important thing we could do as a family to improve our health and general well-being.” First Lady Michelle Obama has focused on home cooking as part of her mission to get America moving and eating in healthier ways. And scientists have studied the topic as well: One study in the journal Public Health Nutrition found that people who frequently cook dinner at home were more likely to eat fewer calories—both at home and when eating out—compared with people who rarely cook (Wolfson& Bleich 2015). Another study published in the same journal found that people who cook up to five times a week were 47% more likely to be alive 10 years later, compared with those who cooked less (Chen et al. 2012).
Yet, as any busy person—self-proclaimed home cook or not—can attest, whipping up a healthy, nutritious meal at the end of a long day can be time-consuming and stressful. In fact, research by the American Sociological Association found that cooking can make many people—moms, in particular—stressed, anxious and unhappy. Researchers at Rush University in Chicago found that the more time middle-aged women spent cooking at home, the more likely they were to suffer from metabolic syndrome, upping their risk of developing heart disease and diabetes (Appelhans et al. 2015).
However, cooking doesn’t have to be all drudgery and no joy. Producing healthy meals at home is a lot easier (and quicker!) than you might think.
Skeptical? We asked top dietitians, chefs and nutrition pros to share the healthy-cooking hacks that help them prep delicious, nutritious meals in a flash. Here are their secrets. You and your clients will want to start using them in your own kitchens—stat. Read more…Click on the link below.
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