Now, when I was in my nutrition-related schooling, we had to take classes in food science (one of my FAVs) and also culinary arts. I was told many times over that “fat carries flavor” in recipes, which is does. This is why traditional marbled steaks we make in the Summer taste so delicious and when on the grill, that sound is made when grease hits the fire!
Well, if you’re trying to lose some weight, grilling is actually a great idea and….
Cooking tip #1) Use the grill so fat drips off your food before hitting your plate. I do caution people to try not to char your food as that creates a chance for increased risk of cancers from repeated carcinogen exposure. Also grilling is a fun way to cook vegetables! Simply wrap them tightly in a pocket type fashion in some foil with some seasonings and they steam naturally when sealed in the foil – even with just a dab butter if even that!
Tip #2) Use a lid! How can something that simple help reduce the fat I use (butter, oils) when cooking or sauteing my food? I used to use EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) to saute my vegetables pretty liberally. Its a “good” source of fat right?? Well, if you’re watching your calories, fat costs you 9 calories per gram, whereas protein & carbs 4 calories per gram, whether they are a healthier source or not. You do still need good quality fats in your diet but using a lid helps reduce the amount needed because it acts like a steamer, softening the food and cooking it faster even with using a good cooking spray. I do it all the time now and it works great, saving me 100s of calories each day and that adds up!
Tip #3) Use high quality non stick pans! I discovered Green Life Cookware a while ago and really like their quality so far and I use them a lot during the week. I love how non-stick they are, making clean up very easy and I use MUCH less fat to saute and cook foods because of how well they keep food from sticking. Look for pans like these that are manufactured without PFAS, PFOA, Lead or Cadmium, which guarantees that no toxic fumes will release even when accidentally overheated to avoid unnecessary toxins.
It’s amazing how just some simple tools can help save you from using extra fat when cooking and sauteeing! Also, watch out to avoid charring your food. If you love the taste, try to wean yourself slowly by cooking your meats and other foods a little bit before the char and each time you do it, appreciate the taste and soon you’ll be used to the new texture and taste!
Best of Health & Blessings to You!
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