Some habits can be tough to break. When it comes to cooking, you may have some bad habits that you’re not even aware of. Some may be keeping your meal just short of reaching perfection while others may actually be hazardous to your health. Below are 10 common bad cooking habits that you should break:
1. Heating Oil Until It Smokes–Most recipes start with heating oil in a pan. It usually takes a little time for the stove to warm up, so we pour the oil and then turn our backs on the pan to do something else while it heats. Before you know it, you see wisps of smoke, which means the pan is hot and ready for cooking, right? Wrong! Not only do many oils taste bad once they have been heated to or past their smoke point, but when oils are heated to their smoke point or reheated repeatedly, they start to break down, destroying the...read full post »
I try to make a ginormous salad every day for lunch or dinner. Healthy salad recipes pack in a lot of nutrients for not a lot of calories—as long as you pay attention to the ingredients. It's easy to come up with healthy salad recipes in the summer when the market is overflowing with summer-ripe tomatoes, loads of veggies and a variety of salad greens. But dinner salads can be just as delicious and satisfying in the cooler months. I just adjust the mix for the season. This foolproof formula will have you tossing up healthy salad recipes whenever the mood strikes you!
Here are 5 tips for making a killer salad, plus a super-simple homemade vinaigrette recipe that will make you fall in love with salad again.
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Eating clean is a lot easier when your cupboards, fridge and freezer are filled with healthy, clean foods. When you're eating clean, whole foods like fruits and vegetables are obvious choices. But minimally processed foods with short ingredient lists can also fit into a clean-eating diet. Choose foods with healthy ingredients like whole grains and healthy fats and those low in added sugar and salt. Here are some tips to help you stock your kitchen with foods that make it easier to eat clean.
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For some people, it can help to know how many calories your body needs in one day. Counting calories and knowing how many you're eating can be a good way to assess if you're taking in too much or not enough.
Most people will lose weight on a daily diet of 1,500 calories. (Get a 1,500-calorie meal plan here.)
If you want to be even more precise, this simple calculation will give you a daily calorie goal—and can help you lose a healthy 1 to 2 pounds per week.
Calculate your calorie goal:
YOUR CURRENT WEIGHT X 12 = calories needed to maintain your weight
• To lose 1 pound per week: Cut 500 calories/day
• To lose 2 pounds...
If you want to eat healthier, sometimes it takes a little planning. But how exactly do you plan for a healthy diet? Here are some steps to get you started:
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▢ Stock your kitchen with healthy foods. A first step in eating right is getting prepared. Go through your fridge and pantry and toss the super-unhealthy stuff you want to eat less of. Then, get ready to cook up healthy meals by stocking your pantry with healthy-cooking essentials. Check out this Guide to Stocking a Healthy Kitchen for advice on where to get started.
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