One of the best ways to know exactly what goes into your food is to cook healthy at home. This way you are able to check ingredients, use your preferred brands, and ensure that all items meet your personal guidelines. To cook healthy at home doesn’t have to be hard. By cooking at home, you can introduce your family to a wide variety of flavors. You can also have them help you cook and they can also make suggestions for dinner, so everyone is involved. Keep in mind that cooking healthy at home does not have to be expensive with the tips to eat healthy on a budget.
Cook Healthy At Your Home With These Tips
- Cook more gluten free meals – For your grains, try new items like quinoa, wild rice, or millet.
- Use real ingredients – Making substitutes like butter for margarine, and whole ingredients rather than processed foods will help make any meal better for you. If you plan on having a processed meal, look online for a homemade option. This will help get rid of added preservatives, added sodium, and other not so healthy items.
- Use recipes to add variety to your menu at home. It will introduce you and your family to new foods and also by following a recipe, a new food item is more likely to work out, rather than going into it without any knowledge of how to cook the food.
- One of the easiest ways to make meals healthier is to use natural sweeteners, rather than artificial or processed foods. Rather than using sugar, saccharin, or aspartame, try using sweeteners like agave nectar, molasses, or stevia.
Cook Healthy At Home With This Recipe
RICE NOODLES WITH PEANUT SAUCE
12 oz rice noodles
5 c. water
½ c. peanut butter (all natural)
½ c. water
1 TBSP tamari
2 TBSP rice vinegar
1 TBSP rice syrup
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch piece of ginger, minced
Pinch of cayenne pepper, or more if you like it a little spicier
Bring the 5 cups of water to a rolling boil, add rice noodles. Turn the heat off and stir the rice noodles; let them sit in the water for 7 minutes or until they are soft, then drain. To make the peanut sauce, bring the water and peanut butter to a boil. Whisk to combine. Add the rest of the ingredients (except for the noodles) to the sauce and whisk to combine. Place noodles on a plate and top with peanut sauce. You can also add in a variety of vegetables or lean protein to this meal to make it a complete meal that is family friendly.
What other tips do you have to help you cook healthy at home?