This guest blog was written by Theresa Brereton, Visiting Nurse Service of New York Regional Nutritional Manager.
Looking for easy ways to make your favorite meals a little healthier? Try these 10 simple tips—you won’t have to give up the things you love when you learn a few heart-healthy cooking skills.
Try it for meats and vegetables. Use a rack so meat/poultry does not sit in its own drippings. Baste with fat-free, unsweetened liquids like wine, or salt-free or low-sodium tomato juice or lemon juice.
Add a little extra liquid to meats and vegetables, then cook using covered cookware.
Braise or stew
Add more liquid than when baking and cook on top of the stove or in the oven. Refrigerate the cooked dish, remove the chilled fat before reheating.
Simmer fish, skinless chicken or eggs in liquid, like broth or juice.
Grill or broil
Use a rack so fat drips away from the food.
Use nonstick vegetable spray. You may add a small amount of fat-free and salt-free or very low sodium broth or a tiny bit of canola oil rubbed in the pan with a paper towel.
Use a Chinese wok with a tiny bit of peanut oil.
Steam veggies or meat in a basket over simmering water.
Here, some additional suggestions for cutting fat and calories without sacrificing taste:
Read more of Theresa Brereton’s advice on eating healthy in our VNSNY Twitter chat transcript.