Re-thinking the way you cook can help shave pounds off your weight
Altering your kitchen habits can be enough to give your diet a boost. Try these eight ways to cook yourself trimmer...
1. Use a measuring jug
Portion control is key to keeping your weight down - if you cook more, you eat more. Scales can seem a hassle, so use a jug instead to measure out rice, pasta, couscous, olive oil - anything where you're likely to overestimate how much you need. If you're trying to lose weight, measure rice or pasta up to about 110ml on your jug.
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2. Pop it in the microwave
It's the easiest way to cook fish, a slim girl's staple food. Simply pop it in a microwavable dish with a splash of milk and a small knob of butter, cover and cook for four minutes for a fast, healthy supper. The microwave is also the best way to cook vegetables to preserve nutrients and allows you to bake a potato or whip up a bowl of breakfast porridge in minutes.
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3. Slam it on the juicer
You don't need a costly machine to get the health benefits of fresh juice. A simple citrus juicer will give you freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast (higher in vitamin C and fibre than packet juice), plus lemon or lime juice to use in marinades, salad dressings or sauces to add extra flavour without extra calories.
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4. Blitz it in the food processor
Use to blend healthy soups to a creamy consistency, chop veg for stir-fries (the less effort, the more veg you're likely to add) and for homemade lower-fat versions of high-fat foods, such as pesto and hummus. A mini-processor is a cheap, storage-friendly option if you cook for just one or two.
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5. Pop it in a plastic box
Carry your leftovers to work for yummy, low-cost lunches on the go, or pack up healthy freezer meals to cover those 'I haven't got any food in, I'll have to get a takeaway' moments.
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6. Stick it in the slow cooker
Make great low-fat, nutrient-rich stews. Just add your ingredients in the morning (lots of water, veg, meat or fish) and come home to a delicious healthy supper.
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7. Invest in a good knife set
You need sharp knives for trimming fat off meat, removing skin from poultry and chopping up fruit, vegetables and herbs quickly and efficiently. Sharpen them regularly - if a knife doesn't slice cleanly through a tomato it needs sharpening.
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8. Slip it in a bamboo steamer
We all know steaming is one of the healthiest ways to cook vegetables, but metal steamers can leave them a little bland. Infuse extra flavour by adding some herbs and spices to the water or broth in the pan under your bamboo steamer.
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I love your top tips and always come away planning to do most of them where possible!
You mention about a small food processor, can you recommend one as there are so many out there it confuses me everytime I try to look into buying one?!
Hope you can help!
Posted: 05/04/2011 at 13:36
Good idea! We'll see what we can do. In the meantime, check out our sister site www.allaboutyou.com for Good Housekeeping Institute recommendations on household products like this.
Posted: 23/05/2011 at 23:48
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