Good beans just can’t be rushed. | Piyaset/iStock/Getty
Most People Cook These Everyday Foods in Unhealthy Way
Do youِ knowِ the healthiest ways toِ cook theِ foods inِ your pantry andِ fridge.
Most people don’t.
Even thoughِ you alreadyِ know fried food isn’t good forِ you, there’s anِ easy wayِ toِ cut back: Learn whichِ foods areِ best prepared baked, boiled, steamed, andِ microwaved.
Slow cook your beans
When you’re inِ the mood forِ beans, Mayo Clinic suggests soaking whole, dry beans beforeِ cooking them, insteadِ of buying themِ canned andِ pre-flavored.
This allows youِ toِ add healthier seasonings, likeِ herbs andِ spices, insteadِ of salting a pot ofِ boiling water.
When youِ start withِ dry beans andِ incorporate yourِ ownِ flavors andِ add-ins, you’re alsoِ eliminating a lot ofِ the salt andِ added sugar thatِ typically comesِ in canned beans doused inِ sauce.
Roasted chicken is crispy and juicy. | Ravsky/iStock/Getty Images
Bake your chicken
When youِ wantِ toِ cook somethingِ without adding extra calories, avoid cooking methods thatِ add fat, Marion Nestle writes inِ The Atlantic.
Experts considerِ fried chicken unhealthy becauseِ it’s literally chicken soaked inِ hot oil.
Baking yourِ chicken inِ the oven (hopefully) eliminates theِ needِ to add extra calories andِ saturated fat toِ your meal’s main course.
Steam your fish
Fried fish dipped inِ hollandaise isِ great andِ all, butِ it’s possibleِ to enjoy yourِ favorite entree andِ avoid tooِ manyِ calories orِ anِ overload ofِ fat.
According toِ Livestrong.com, steaming yourِ fish — especiallyِ shellfish — isِ one ofِ the healthiest ways toِ cook andِ enjoy seafood.
Steaming keepsِ a fish’s omega-3 fatty acids intact, soِ your body canِ absorb andِ take advantage ofِ those beneficial fats.
Boil your eggs
No starchy breadcrumbs needed — steamed fish is savory and fresh. | AnnaIleysh/iStock/GettyImages
The sameِ way baking chicken canِ theoretically shrink yourِ waistline, boiling yourِ eggs cuts outِ the needِ forِ butter orِ oil commonly usedِ inِ frying orِ scrambling.
According toِ Healthline, hard boiled eggs areِ one ofِ the healthiest forms ofِ this high-protein ingredient orِ snack.
As forِ the cholesterol — don’t worry.
Microwave your vegetables
You needِ to eat vegetables.
Thankfully, youِ don’t haveِ to eat themِ raw — andِ you don’t haveِ to settle forِ boiling themِ inِ water, either.
Microwaving yourِ veggies helps themِ retain mostِ of theirِ antioxidants, saysِ Rodale’s Organic Life.
Leave the skin on your baked potato
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Baking a potato isِ one ofِ the healthiest ways toِ cook andِ eat itِ — butِ not ifِ you leave theِ skin onِ your plate.
But it’s definitelyِ healthier thanِ mashing yourِ (peeled) potatoes andِ adding butter, orِ making scalloped potatoes, whichِ involves wayِ moreِ cheese thanِ necessary.
As muchِ asِ you don’t wantِ toِ admit it, pretty muchِ anythingِ is betterِ than potato chips andِ french fries.
Does heating food really destroy nutrients?
The New York Times columnist Tara Parker-Pope writes thatِ measuring increases inِ nutrient availability versusِ nutrient loss isِ complicated.
Sometimes, cooking a certainِ food makesِ some nutrients easier forِ your body toِ absorb, whileِ havingِ the oppositeِ effect onِ other nutrients.
Whether you’re cooking a vegetable, animal protein, orِ delicious side dish, useِ a variety ofِ cooking methods.
You can heat up a side of veggies in just minutes. | Ben6/ iStock/Getty Images