Eating healthy food doesn’t have to mean giving up your favourites. There are many ways to make meals healthier and your favourite recipes can often be adapted easily to provide a healthier alternative.
When it comes to fruits and veggies, freshness is key, and nothing beats a satisfying crunch!
Perfect veggie crunch
Overcooked vegetables lose not only their crunch but their punch! Some cooking methods, such as boiling and microwaving can see the loss of vital nutrients and colour. Try this handy tip for non-root vegetables, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, green beans, snow peas and even carrots.
Peel and chop julienne or spiralise vegetables, and then blanch them.
The best vegetables to blanch are softer vegetables such as zucchini, cauliflower and broccoli heads, brocollini, spinach, carrot, green beans, snow peas and cabbage.
Place your chosen veggies in a deep dish and boil some hot water.
Pour the boiling water over the vegetables and leave for a minute.
Drain and serve – quick nutritious and crunchy!
Herb it up
Pre-packaged seasonings can contain high salt and chemical additives. But fresh herbs are different. Flavoursome high voltage sensations, fresh herbs provide high levels of antioxidants, and really are taste bud tantalisers!
Try some basil with your veggie burgers, chive and chilli with home baked potato wedges, paprika on tahini and hummus before serving. Fresh and dried herbs such as lemon grass can give lemony zest, while fresh mint adds a magic ingredient to potato salads.
Try using garlic powder as a salt substitute.
Oils ain’t oils
Seed oils and olive oils can lose their healthy aspects if they are heated.
Check the harvest date of your olive oil to ensure you know when the oil was produced and then abide by the use by date to ensure freshness.
Dark bottles keep seed oils from rancidity, use your oils within 6-8 weeks of opening the bottle for extra freshness, keep in a cool, dark cupboard.
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