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Friday, 29 May 2015

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10 ways to make your dinner healthier!

You're eating well and reaping the benefits, but are you getting as much possible goodness out of your dinner as you can? Take the nutrition of your evening meal to the next level with our simple and easy tips!

1. Make your own salad dressing.
That way you’ll know exactly what’s in there! No chemicals, preservatives, artificial flavors or stabilizers needed! Adding a dressing made with an oil to your salad or vegetables also helps you absorb more of the fat-soluble nutrients. Look out for salad dressing recipes such as this one :

Creamy Green Goodness
Transform your regular salad into a nutritional powerhouse packed with healthy fats and anti-inflammatory, alkalizing herbs!

What you need:
1/2 large avocado
3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large lemon, juiced
A large handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2 cloves of raw garlic
Sea salt and pepper to taste

What to do:
Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.

2. Serve your lunch at the same time.
If you tend to go back for seconds or eat a little more than you should, set aside the leftovers into portioned containers before you even dish up your dinner. That way you’ve prepped your lunch for the next day or two, and won’t be tempted to keep eating!

3. Feature vegetables.
So often vegetables are thought of as as side dish, but we say make them the focus of your meal! Load up your plate with vegetables and add the extras from there.

4. Mix up the method.
Avoid microwaving and boiling, instead, opting for steaming, slow cooking, or pressure cooking... you’ll retain more nutrients.

5. Cook with heat stable oils.
Vegetable oils and extra virgin olive oil struggle to maintain their integrity when faced with high heat. When they become unstable, they produce volatile compounds that are dangerous to our health. Opt for more temperature stable oils including avocado, macadamia, coconut, and almond oil. Keep the extra virgin olive oil for cold dishes such as salad to get the most benefits.

6. Eat a lighter meal.
Many of us eat our biggest meal at night, when we don’t need as much energy. Rather than having the heaviest meal at dinner, try eating like a King at breakfast, like a Prince at lunch, and a Pauper at dinner. This will give your body more time to properly digest your food, and use up the energy those meals provide throughout the day.

7. Make it with broth.
From time to time, use broth instead of oils with the technique known as a wet sauté. Use twice as much broth as you would have oil and enjoy all of the nourishing benefits! Need a recipe? Try this vegetarian Potassium Balance Broth.

8. Cut the carbs in half.
If you’re fond of having a pasta or rice dish, use less grain and add in more vegetables! Rice? Make half rice, half cauliflower rice. Pasta? Have half spelt or whole grain pasta, half zucchini noodles. The meal will be easier to digest, reducing the burden on your gut before bedtime! (Jan's addition here ... of course if you are LCHF - then like me you will probably have all cauliflower rice and all courgette noodles ... not the half and half way !)

9. Spice things up.
Ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, turmeric, and chili pepper are all easy additions to your dish, bringing a delicious flavor, and a fat-burning boost to your metabolism! Sprinkle over roast vegetables and salads, add to curries, coat fish before baking, or roll peeled, boiled eggs in them ... and how about this Aubergine / Eggplant and Green Bean Curry! 

10. Scrub your vegetables.
Don’t peel them. Scrubbing removes any loose dirt and debris, whilst still retaining all the nutrients found in and close to the skin of the vegetable. Plus it adds extra tummy-filling fiber to your meal!

Original article here

All the best Jan


Anonymous said...

What good ideas, thank you.


Gail said...

I need a coach or a guard to make me eat right all the time! I love this recipe.

Thanks for visiting. Children and dogs are always fun to watch.

TexWisGirl said...

thanks for your visits and comments. :)

Kim said...

I'm with Gail...I need a coach or a guard!! I really try, but I just fall off the wagon constantly. My family is onboard now, hopefully that makes a difference. I need to print out and post your list on the fridge! Happy weekend, Jan!

Roses and Lilacs said...

I didn't know that olive oil could become dangerous. That's alarming. It seems that all the former recommmendations are changing.

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Great tips, Jan! I especially like the idea of making veggies your main dish.

Lowcarb team member said...

Well thank you to all who have taken time to comment. It's always great to read your comments. This has certainly been a popular post.

Thank you to Annie, Gail, TexWisGirl, Kim, Roses and Lilacs, and Amy.

Hope you all have a good weekend.

All the best Jan