In my opinion it’s not so much about what you eat, but how you cook it and how much you eat is what to think about to have a healthy diet.
Understand a salad can be unhealthy if you dump a ton of dressing on it and a chicken wing can be healthier grilled then fried.
Remember we are eating to fuel are bodies for an active lifestyle, that requires a certain amount of calories to produce the energy we need to be productive.
The way you cook your food can make a huge impact on your total calorie intake. Unhealthy cooking like frying can add unnecessary calories to your daily recommended value and make it harder to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
When you can cook your food in a variety of ways that taste great and is a healthier alternative to frying or eating fast food you will look and feel better.
I’m going to explore some healthy ways to cook your food that will be delicious and satisfying. If you like to eat good food and have the time to cook, then you will enjoy the cooking options that I will be discussing.
# 1. Grill
The best grilled food is usually cooked outdoors with hardwood charcoal, but you can also make some great grilled food on an indoor electric grill too.
A great idea for when you grill your food is to make enough food that can last a couple days so you can make a variety of different meals. For example, if you grill up some chicken breast you can have a bunch of different meal options to use the chicken with.
Some great food choices to cook on the grill are:
- Fish/ Shrimp
- Pork(Loin & Chops)
Grilling is one of my favorite ways to cook healthy meals for my family, because it tastes great and you don’t need to add any oils or butter to cook a delicious homemade meal.
When you grill a lot of the fat from the food you cook is rendered away, making grilled food a healthy cooking option.
# 2. Smoker
Like grilling, some smoked food health benefits are that it’s an awesome way to make great tasting food without using extra oils or butter to cook.
If you have a good quality smoker you can cook your own restaurant quality BBQ and have your block wishing that they were invited for dinner.
You can smoke just about anything from:
- Beef(Brisket, Ribs, Tenderloin, Ribeye Roast)
- Pork(Shoulder, Ribs, Tenderloin, Chops)
- Chicken/ Turkey(Whole, Bone-In Breast, Legs, Wings)
- Fish(Salmon, Trout)
When you smoke your food it gives it a wonderful flavor and color that is unmatched by any other way of cooking.
Just because you smoke your food doesn’t mean that it should taste overly smoky, that is a personal preference and comes down to the type of wood/charcoal you use and the type of smoker you use.
If you want an easy self operating smoker; go with an electric pellet cooker, if you want to be a little more hands on; go with an offset or barrel style smoker.
I personally love my WSM smoker, but I wouldn’t mind trying a pellet cooker in the future.
# 3. Slow Cooker
Cooking your food in a slow cooker, crock-pot, or Instant Pot is a cross between boiling and baking, but with the advantage of not having to constantly check or worry about burning and overcooking your food.
Your food is self basted in the liquid you put in the pot and this keeps the food moist and full of flavor.
- Chicken(Breasts, Thighs, Wings)
- Beef(Roast, Tenderloin)
- Pork(Shoulder, Tenderloin)
- Beans & Chili
- Soups & Stews
Cooking your food in a slow cooker is also a healthy way to cook because you don’t need to add any oils or butter and you can cook just about anything in one pot.
A slow cooker is a great healthy cooking option that allows you to cook delicious tasting food without much effort.
# 4. Rotisserie Roaster
When you see chickens spinning around, perfectly roasting with that golden color and hypnotic aroma… what a masterpiece!
You can roast a variety of foods, but doing whole chickens is a favorite for my family and I.
You can can do:
Cooking rotisserie is a healthy hassle free way that retains the foods flavor, creates a crispy outsides and juicy and tender inside.
You don’t need to add any oil or butter, making this a healthy cooking option.
# 5. Air Fryer
Enjoy your favorite food without the extra calories.
The rapid air circulation makes it possible to cook with little to no oil, and produces delicious food. You don’t have to limit yourself to fried food either, the possibilities are endless!
You can even bake a cake in an air fryer. Air fryers allow you to fry, bake, grill, and roast.
You can make:
- Crispy fried chicken
- Fish/ Shrimp
- French fries/ Sweet potato fries
This is an awesome option because you can make so much healthy and delicious food in this one counter top appliance.
An air fryer gives you a variety of healthier meals to make for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert.
Explore with Cooking Healthier Meals!
There are many other ways to cook healthy foods, but I wanted to explore some healthy cooking options that I feel are the most popular today.
Remember it’s not always what you eat, but how you cook it. This is what can be the difference between a healthy and unhealthy meal.
It’s ok to enjoy great tasting foods, especially when you can make them healthier through a variety of classic, original and innovative ways!
Leave a comment and tell me what’s your favorite way to cook?
When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.-Helen Keller
All the best,