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Healthy cooking doesn't mean sacrificing flavor.
With people becoming increasingly health-conscious, cooking low fat and sugar free is a smart step toward embracing a healthy lifestyle. Reducing your intake of sugar and unhealthy fats decreases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Since fats and sugar make food taste good, the key is to switch to naturally nutritious foods and pump up their taste by using flavorful additions. By getting creative, you can come up with many delectable ways to cook low fat and sugar free.1.
Make fresh vegetables a large part of your cooking plan. Vegetables are fat free and packed with nutrients. Include non-starchy vegetables, such as artichokes, asparagus, green beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, onions, spinach and tomatoes, in your daily diet. Steamed vegetables sprinkled with lemon juice and fresh herbs make an excellent low-fat, sugar-free dish.2.
Use whole grains for cooking instead of refined products, which digest rapidly and play havoc with your blood sugar. Although whole grains contain some sugar due to their starch content, they're low in fat and considered acceptable on low-carb diets. Whole grains are also rich in B vitamins, which are essential for healthy skin, blood cells, brain and nervous system functions. Oats, brown rice, wheat berries, millet or hulled barley make an excellent low-fat, low-sugar addition to your dinner. Cook in broth or water and season with fresh herbs and spices instead of adding fat or sugar.3.
Prepare fish as part of your cooking program. Fish, such as cod, haddock, halibut, orange roughy and mackerel, are not only sugar-free and low in fat, they're also protein rich and contain omega-3 fatty acids, which protect your heart by decreasing blood pressure, inflammation, blood clot formation and blood triglycerides, and they improve artery function. Season fish with fresh lemon, dill and chopped garlic, then grill, bake, steam or broil the fish instead of frying it.4.
Include poultry and lean cuts of meat in your cooked meals. To ensure that your food preparation remains low in fat, select skinless poultry and choose the leanest cuts of meat, such as sirloin or eye of round. Trim all visible fat before cooking. Grill, broil or bake instead of frying to keep your dish low fat. Make a tasty meat marinade using red wine, sea salt, pepper, minced garlic, diced onion and parsley. Lemon juice and fresh herbs or spices, such as chili powder, create a flavorful low-fat, sugar-free marinade for poultry. Avoid deli and processed poultry and meats, which typically contain sugar.