We spend a lot of time researching what foods to eat, and how much of these foods you should be consuming when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle… But no-one ever seems to talk about how to eat these foods! And yet the way you eat certain foods can have a massive impact on how your body deals with them.
Here are 5 healthy foods that people routinely cook in ways that could have a negative effect on their weight loss…
1. Eggs. Eggs are seriously good bang-for-your-buck in terms of nutrition (6g of protein in just 70 calories) and finance. Most people tend to fry their eggs and eat them with a pile of bacon and toast which puts a serious non-diet spin on things.
They are best served poached or scrambled on a piece of low GI toast, with some veg like spinach, onions and mushrooms mixed in.
2. Cauliflower and broccoli. Cauliflower and broccoli are both incredibly good for you. They are nutritious and high in fibre, so they keep you feeling full. Most well-meaning dieters will steam or boil these veggies and then slather them with cheese sauce. This pushes up their calorie-count significantly, as well as introducing extra fat and salt to your meal.
The best way to eat them is raw in a salad, or roast them in the oven with other veggies and a little olive oil and mixed spice. Garlic also adds some great flavour to the roasting veg!
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3. Fruit. Fruit is nature’s dessert. It’s deliciously sweet, but still has a bunch of the good stuff in the form of vitamins, minerals and fibre so you’re eating something good for you. Fruit is a food, not a drink. If you’re drinking fruit juice you’re really not getting the same kind of rewards. When you want a healthy snack, or feel like something sweet, then have some fruit to eat. Keep it plain and simple.
4. Potatoes. Frying them is never the healthiest way to eat them, because the oil adds some pretty terrible things to the mix, especially if you’re using anything like sunflower or canola oil.
Best way to eat them is baked with a small sprinkle of cheese and tuna is good. Or boiled and made into a room-temperature salad is great too. Instead of slathering with mayo, add a little olive oil and rosemary, or some smoked paprika for a lovely smoky/spicy flavour.
5. Red wine (and other alcohol). Okay, so you might not be ‘cooking’ red wine, but it does go with a lot of your meals I’m sure. Yes, you CAN have red wine every day and still lose weight. It may even make you healthier. But the amount you can have is directly tied into how you drink it. To maintain your weight loss goals, women can drink one normal sized glass of red wine per day. More than this and you end up with negative results.