Healthy Snacks, Healthy Eating & Healthy Foods
Healthy Eating Plans, Smart Nutrition, Diet Plans & Healthy Dinner Recipes
Healthy cooking is a breeze when you use these 13 clever cooking hacks to inspire your meal preparation, and swap out part of the added salt or sugar in recipes with a variety of sweet and savory spices. For sweet healthy snack and dessert recipes, ask a fitness trainer at the Gold’s fitness gym near you for ideas, and the University of Michigan Hospital and Health Clinic suggests substituting part of the added sugar in snack recipes with spices like allspice, anise, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mace or nutmeg. Healthy eating for your sweet tooth can be as simple as cutting up an apple and sprinkling it with cinnamon, which is said to enhance the sweetness on your tongue, according to Mayo Clinic. Healthy food comes to life with spices, and you can curb your cravings with these swaps.
13 Clever Cooking Hacks You Need to Try
Super-easy, time-saving tips and tricks from Health.com‘s friends at Food & Wine.
Anyone who’s striving to follow a healthier diet should start by prepping more meals at home. Cooking your own food allows you to control portion sizes and ingredients used, not to mention that it saves you money. But there is a learning curve when it comes to all that chopping, slicing and dicing. That’s why we’ve collected 13 clever tips and tricks for cooking at home from our friends at Food & Wine—no fancy gadgets or chef-worthy knife skills required.
Make Mess-Free Pancakes
Fresh, homemade pancakes are delicious, and fun to make. But they often leave a big mess in your kitchen that you won't enjoy having to clean up. Here's a genius way to make pancakes without having to wash a single dish or spoon.
Cut Cake Layers Without A Knife
Have you ever wondered how professional bakers make their beautiful layer cakes? You can do it yourself at home without having to sharpen your knife skills. Discover how to cut cake into even layers using...dental floss!
Poach The Perfect Egg
Whether you use them to top a bed of salad greens or a slice of toast, poached eggs are among life's simple pleasures. But the biggest challenge when poaching an egg is coaxing it to keep its shape. Learn how to poach picture-perfect eggs using one simple household ingredient.
Make Light, Fluffy Potato Gnocchi
If you've ever tried to make potato gnocchi, you know how difficult it is to prevent them from turning into dense, chewy little balls instead of the pillowy pasta you crave. There's just one simple kitchen tool you will need to make perfect potato gnocchi.
Peel A Kiwi Without Squashing The Fruit
The flesh of kiwis can be super soft, making it hard to separate the peel from this delicious fruit that's packed with fiber, vitamin C and folate. Using just a spoon, though, you can peel a kiwi quickly and neatly.
Shuck An Oyster With Ease
You'll need finesse, not brawn, to break into an oyster and enjoy the delicate meat and briny nectar. Chef José Andrés demonstrates two easy ways to shuck an oyster—including one surprising shortcut.
Peel Ginger With A Spoon
Ginger adds a fresh and spicy kick to almost any dish, but it has nooks and crannies that make it difficult to peel and mince. Here's a quick and easy way to prepare fresh ginger using a spoon or a fork.
Poach Salmon In A Sandwich Bag
Poaching is one of the healthiest ways you can cook salmon, and you don't have to stink up your kitchen to do it. All you need is a plastic sandwich bag and a lemon.
Revive Stale Bread In Your Oven
A fresh baguette features a delicious, crunchy crust and fluffy middle, but when it goes stale, it turns into a rubbery hunk of bread. Bring life back to dried-out, stale bread with this oh-so-easy technique.
Separate Egg Whites With A Water Bottle
If you've ever tried to separate egg whites from their yolks, then chances are you've had to deal with leftover bits of the shells. Next time you're making an egg-white omelet or a batch of rich pastries, separate yolks in bulk using this easy, foolproof technique.
Slice Soft Cheese Without The Mess
Cheese is a tasty addition to any party platter, but the softer varieties can be hard to cut. Learn how to cut soft cheese into perfect slices so your guests can enjoy a snack without making a mess.
Truss A Chicken, No Twine Needed
When roasting a whole chicken, it's important to cook your bird evenly on all sides without burning the wing tips. An age-old cooking technique that can help is trussing your chicken with butcher's twine. You can also truss your bird with an item you should already have in your medicine cabinet: dental floss.
Dry Herbs In The Microwave
If you've ever purchased and used fresh herbs, you know that it's hard to get through the entire batch before they lose flavor. Learn how to save money by drying fresh herbs in a microwave.
As you play with healthy cooking, you’ll discover how easy it is to focus on smart nutrition without sacrificing flavor when you expand your collection of spices and try these cooking hacks. From healthy snacks to healthy dinner recipes, experiment with new flavor combinations and consider substituting salt with savory spices like garlic powder, curry powder, dill seeds, black pepper, cumin, coriander or onion powder, as suggested by the American Spice Trade Association. And combine healthy eating with workouts at Gold’s Gyms near you to achieve your health and fitness goals. When you eat healthy foods and exercise regularly, your body will thank you.
One way to approach healthy cooking is to create your own salt substitute. If you like salty healthy snacks, try this recipe from The HeartBright Foundation that blends two tablespoons of black pepper and one ground bay leaf with one tablespoon of the following spices: cayenne pepper, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder. Use this blend for healthy eating day to day by filling up your salt shaker with this recipe instead of regular salt, and reduce your sodium intake with this simple substitution. Your healthy food will taste great, and by reducing your sodium intake, you are also reducing your risk of high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association.