Cooking tips to help with your perfect diet planning Low-Fat Supplies - -Keep these on hand. Butter-flavored low-fat vegetable cooking sprays are out there. So is apple sauce in place of some oil in recipes. Also keep the following handy: lemons, limes, your favorite fresh herbs and spices, evaporated skim milk, cornstarch, plain non-fat yogurt, flavored vinegar, and onions.
Replace - Where applicable, cut fat and calories in recipes by using -Fat-free or reduced-calorie versions, For instance, using skim milk, 1 percent or 2 percent milk for whole milk.
Cooking Skills - - Hone in on or learn how to - Saut, as with vegetables in water or broths, Use cooking sprays or nonstick cookware, Cook in foil or parchment paper to seal in juicy flavors, Trim fat from meats, Stir-fry, bake, roast, poach, microwave, steam and broil, Experiment with seasonings (herbs, spices).
What About Fast Food, Snacks, and Prepared Dishes?
Making all our own snacks and meals would be nice, but mostof us don't have time to do that. Thus we must use convenience foods to meet our needs. Working the right convenience foods into our diet can easily be done.
Be a Smart Shopper - Don't shop on an empty stomach. Making choices that fit your dietary plan will be much harder for you to do. Have a complete shopping list and do not vary from it. Walk right by an aisle of tempting goodies that has nothing on your list. If you see something healthy, but it's not on your list, add it to the list for the next time. This will give you something to look forward to.
Choose the smaller bags and boxes of an item whenever possible. It is always less tempting, by having less food leftover in your kitchen.
Read Labels - All convenience foods are not the same. Depending on your chosen diet, some will fit much better into your routine than others. This is why it's important to become an informed consumer and never place anything in your grocery basket unless you've read the label and determined it's in your best interests to buy it.
Many snack foods come in different versions-low fat, reduced fat, low calorie, low carbohydrate, low salt, etc. Choose the variety that best fits your dieting needs.