It is that time of the year when we start making goals for the coming new year. With everything that happened this year, healthy cooking and eating is on the top of the list for many of you, and why not?! Healthy food supports all systems including the immune system, making us stronger against illnesses. Here are 5 things to help you achieve your healthy cooking goals effectively:
It is best to choose nutritious, organic, locally grown ingredients and avoid heavily processed, modified or GMO varieties. Prefer whole grains over super refined and processed grains, as the former has most of its nutrients intact, and additionally the fiber. When cooking rice, always go for parboiled aged basmati rice. Avoid pre-cooked, pre-made, semi-factory-processed, ingredients at any cost. If you are an existing MEC cook, it is so easy to cook things from scratch in MEC, most recipes take 30-45 mins. Prioritize health over so-called convenience, then really convenience will follow in the way of a sickness free life!
With the time and effort you put into researching to get healthy ingredients, don’t you think its only wise to cook them in pots and pans that will retain their high level of nutrients and also not contaminate it with toxins? When you cook in conventional pots and pans made from various metals, ceramics etc., the pot’s material is reacting to the biochemicals and leaching into your food. These pots also radiate a harsh and damaging form of heat called near-infrared heat that kills a lot of the nutrients. This is why Miriam’s Earthen Cookware was born: to give those who want to cook healthy a chance to do so! They make cookware with the purest form of natural clay – called primary clay without any additives or chemicals guaranteed. They have the best warranty, because their products are made so well, and they are made right here in the USA.
When choosing healthy oils, always go for pure oils (like sesame seed, coconut, extra virgin olive or peanut oil). They are relatively low in saturated fats and help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Also, it is best to add oil on top of other ingredients, towards the end of the cooking process, instead of adding it in the beginning. Heating oil directly breaks its healthy fat molecules into trans-fat.
Healthy Salt & Seasoning
When choosing healthy salt, sea salt is the best choice for its nutritional content. It retains more magnesium, potassium, and calcium — and these minerals add to the brighter color and purer flavor of sea salt.
The natural spices and herbs are recommended for seasoning over bottled mixtures because the latter are preserved with chemicals and toxic amounts of unhealthy salts, and processed heavily thus lacking any nutritional value instead are detrimental to the health of the food you’re cooking and your health.
When using powdered spices, it is ideal to use freshly ground for they retain natural flavor, nutritional and medicinal value, and aroma.
For sweeteners, jaggery is way healthier than refined sugar that is responsible for a wide array of health problems, such as obesity and excess belly fat, which are risk factors for more serious conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
Jaggery has detoxing and cleansing properties and is loaded with antioxidants and minerals like zinc and selenium, which help prevent free radicals (responsible for early ageing). It helps boost resistance against infections, hence building stronger immunity.
Hope these 5 things make your healthy cooking goals fruitful and nutritious for you and your family in the coming year!