Cooking at home can be an effective way to avoid extra calories, fat, and sodium from fast food dinners. Here are some tips to remember that will help your home-cooked dinner be even better for you:
- Preserve the nutrients and colors in veggies. Cook them quickly by steaming or stir-frying.
- Prepared seasonings can have high sodium content and increase your risk for high blood pressure. Replace salt with herbs and spices or some of the salt-free seasoning mixes. Use lemon juice, citrus zest or hot chilies to add flavor.
- Canned, processed and preserved vegetables often have very high sodium content. Look for "low-sodium" veggies or try the frozen varieties.
- Choose whole grain for part of your ingredients instead of highly refined products. Use whole-wheat flour, oatmeal and whole cornmeal.
- Switch to fat-free milk or 1% milk instead of whole or reduced-fat (2%) milk.