10 Tricks To Make Your Favorite Foods Way Healthier

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We'd all like to eat healthier and get in shape, but the truth is it's no fun. Nobody wants to spend the rest of their lives eating nothing but kale and chick peas just to stay fit.

Luckily, there are so many little changes to your cooking habits that will make your favorite meals more nutritious. There are lots of things we take for granted about cooking that are really unhealthy, so a few small changes can have a big impact.

See if any of these 10 easy changes would be a good fit for you and then give them a try!

1. Sneak in some more vegetables

It can seem impossible to get all the servings of fruit and vegetables that the food pyramid tells you to eat every day. Try to replace meat in a dish like a casserole or shepherd's pie with veggies instead, this makes all your tasty meals a little healthier.

2. Use as little oil as possible

Oil is one of the most calorie-rich parts of your meal. Start by using a non-stick pan with just a little oil, then if it runs out add in some water instead of more oil.

3. Learn to fry without oil

Yes, you can even make your favorite fried food using less oil. Batter and coat your meat like usual, then spray it or lightly coat it with oil and bake it on a wire rack. You save almost half the calories cooking this way.

4. Switch all your grains to brown

We won't lie, if you're used to eating white bread every day, brown will definitely take some getting used to, but it's worth it. Adding more fiber to your diet is important, and some switches (like using whole grain rice) are pretty painless.

Click the next page for more tips, including healthy baking advice!

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