Eating healthy has become one of the most important subjects of the decade. Now more than ever people are turning to whole foods, cleaner eating, and an overall healthier way of life. Sometimes people are left with the impression that some of their favorite foods must be sacrificed in order to eat healthy, but there are many ways to cook foods healthier without sacrificing the taste.
One of the most important things to consider when finding a way to cook healthy food is that you want the food to retain as much nutrients as possible. Steaming is a great way to do this. Since the food isn't directly in water, the nutrients aren't soaked out of the food. This is especially important for vegetables. Steaming retains a lot of nutrients in the food and also helps the food to retain more flavor than boiling the food would.
Sous-vide is a method of cooking in which food is placed in a vacuum-sealed plastic pouch and placed in a water bath or steam environment at a consistent, predetermined temperature. This technique cooks food with precision that can’t be achieved with any other cooking method, which is what makes it so popular. It is also incredibly healthy since additional flavorings like salt or butter become unnecessary, and the vacuum-seal traps the food’s optimum vitamin content. Plus, people who use a sous vide in their kitchen swear that it makes virtually any kind of food taste better.
If you enjoy eating fried foods and feel like you can't give it up, air-frying can be a healthy substitute to traditionally frying foods in oil. Oil is still used in air-frying but it uses up to 80% less oil than traditional frying. This makes the food less fattening and the food also retains more nutrients. Air-frying equipment fries food with circulating heat from a convection fan. The food is browned just like it would be with traditional frying, and this gives it the distinct "fried-food" taste. Air-frying is another great way to cook your favorite meats healthier.
Microwaving, or "nuking" your food is very convenient and it will cook your food thoroughly without using unhealthy oils. It is also a good way to retain nutrients in your food. Since microwave times are usually shorter than other cooking methods, the nutrients are not subjected to heat as long so the food can retain more nutrients than other cooking methods. Microwaves have had a bad reputation in the past, but research has shown that it is a great way to cook food.