Tips & Tricks

Here are some culinary and healthy eating “secrets” that I’ve recently learned in order to continue my path to better health:

  • If you use a really hot pan, you don’t have to use as much oil – food doesn’t stick as much to a hot pan!
  • You don’t have to add oil to your pasta water – just salt it and be sure to stir it a lot in the first few minutes of cooking to ensure it doesn’t stick together.
  • Replace white carbs with quality whole-wheat pastas, breads, etc.  Brown rice can be tricky to cook, but I’ve recently found frozen pre-cooked rice that you just microwave for 3 minutes and it comes out perfect!  Give it a try!
  • The easiest way I’ve found to cook a spaghetti squash is to cut it in half, put a few tablespoons of water into one of hallowed out cavities, put the halves back together, wrap it in plastic wrap, and microwave for 8-12 minutes (depending on it’s size).  Carefully remove from the plastic wrap and use a fork to pull out the flesh.
  • Thicken sauces with cornstarch slurries instead of heavy cream to drastically cut the fat out of a recipe.
  • To save money on fresh fruits and veggies, try to buy only what’s in season.  Otherwise, get out-of-season produce in the frozen food section.  See a list of seasonal fruits & veggies here.
  • Another way to save money is to cook your own beans, instead of buying canned beans.  You can cook a whole bag of beans in a crockpot on low for 6-8 hours while you sleep!  Just make sure there’s enough water!  You don’t even have to pre-soak them if you use the crockpot method!
  • Eat frequent, small, healthy meals throughout the day to stay full and energized.
  • Dessert anyone?  Try the “3 bite rule” – the first bite is always the best and the last bite is the big finale, so the bites in between are just all the same.  Try just 3 bites to get the satisfaction of having dessert without adding a whole lot to your waistline!

Please share some of your tips and tricks in the comments below!!

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