Do you have your favourite dinner recipes drawn out of your diet regime because of their calorie content all due to your concerns regarding their health value? We certainly live in an age where one has to be conscious about the diet especially with respect to increasing age. High blood sugar and cholesterol levels consume more than a significant fraction of the above 40 population. However, there definitely exist several ways you can continue to enjoy those missed meals while improving their nutritional value at the same time. Here are few ways you can revitalize your meals and give them additional health value.
- Revamp the Vegetable Content
Most of the recipes contain a pity handful number of vegetables. A single carrot (grated), a few broccoli florets, a bit of onion and a small amount of fresh herbs are often the maximum that a recipe specifies. You should learn ways to double up the number of vegetables, or more than that if possible, in a recipe. The grain or meat portion of certain recipes can often be substituted with vegetables.
- Meat Makeover
Along with boosting the vegetable content, it can be a good measure to reduce the amount of meat you use. A serving should be no more than the size and thickness of your palm. One doesn’t need any more meat in the meal than that. Red meats could be substituted with freshly caught fishes and poultry meat. One could switch to nuts, eggs, beans, fish and chicken and limit the red meat to no more than twice per week.
- Halve your cheese Intake
If something is supposed to be topped with cheese, just go for half the amount specified. In order to conserve the flavour or increase it, use a more tangy cheese than the one mentioned in the recipe. Alternatively, mix a small amount of cheese with some rolled oats and dried herbs, which gives a lovely, tasty and crunchy topping for your food.
- Use a Different Dairy Product Instead of Cream
Go for substituting the cream with some natural curd. Blended with each other, they get a texture which is similar to thickened cream and moreover, the mixture has a fifth of the saturated fat and less than 50% of the calories in normal cream. One could also used curd of skimmed milk since it is devoid of cream. Toned milk could also be used for this purpose owing to its lesser fat content and more of non-fat solids.
- Go easy on the olive oil
Replace your refined cooking oils with olive oil. While many recipes specify half and full cups of olive oil, you can generally find that you can get away with using only a fraction of that. Usually, a mere one or two tablespoon is enough to get the cooking good and going. But one needs to be particular about the measurement since it’s very easy to be heavy-handed when pouring directly from the bottle.