Cutting corners in the kitchen doesn’t always mean you’re going to end up with a less healthy meal. Many times, you can do things that both speed up your cook time and create a healthier end result for you and your family. Sometimes you can even reduce waste while helping yourself out!
Let’s dive right in with some great kitchen hacks you can start trying today!
1.) Perfect Your Marinades
Marinades are a great way to add flavor to your protein, without upping the calorie count. Simple marinades are healthy, easy to prepare and make the meat taste great.
While we all love a piece of pork drizzled with cheese, it’s definitely not the healthiest way to approach things. Instead, try something like chili powder, lemon juice, salt, and pepper for a thirty-minute soak. The prep time is negligible but the end results can be amazing.
There are endless variations of marinades posted online, but it’s personal experimentation that will give you the perfect meal every time.
2.) Use Fresh Herbs
Whether you have a garden or just snap up some of the live packages which line shelves these days… herbs pack a punch. They add a lot of favor with almost no calories, but that’s just where things begin.
Many herbs have an array of phytochemicals and antioxidants which help make you healthier overall. There’s a reason that herbs are often used in alternative medicine, after all. The great tastes are often produced by the same chemicals that make you healthy!
There’s no excuse not to add them these days, even if you’re lacking in space for a garden.
3.) Make Your Own Stocks
Making stocks is simple: keep your leftovers and boil them down.
For meats, that means you can just add a few veggies, toss in the scraps, and simmer them on low heat. It does take some attention, you need to scrape off the biofilm on top of the water. Just set up Netflix and let it go.
You can do the same with vegetables to create vegetable stocks.
Both are healthier than commercial stocks and you can even add herbs and spices to make them extra special.
Best part? If you’re a gardener they’re still usable as compost once you’re done! Talk about reducing kitchen waste.
4.) Too Much Sugar? Try Some Cinnamon!
Many recipes call for a lot of sugar. While that can end in a delicious mess, it also requires you to put more calories in your food. Want to try something a bit healthier?
Try adding cinnamon in its place. It’s not a 100% replacement but anything that cuts down on simple carbohydrates is welcome. Double points if the recipe calls for cinnamon in the first place!
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5.) Re-Use Your Juicer’s Pulp
Juicers produce some awesome stuff. The problem is that they also produce a lot of waste that has to be thrown out when you’re done getting what you want out of them.
Pulp has limitless uses in the kitchen. Make broth! Thicken smoothies! Make flavored bread!
With a little bit of creativity, you’ll be sure to find something that will help you come out ahead with your pulp.
6.) Sauté Carefully
Have you ever been frustrated with adding oil or butter while sautéing vegetables?
If so, then you’ll love this little hack. If it seems like you’re running out of your chosen oil then you can add water to fluff things back up. Just be careful since it can cause the heated oil to spatter.
You can, of course, add it to the pan before you turn the heat on and make it completely safe.
This helps keep the calorie count down, saves on oils, and makes your food healthier. That’s a win all the way around, especially if you’re prone to using expensive and infused oils… speaking of which.
7.) Create Your Own Infused Olive Oil
Making infused olive oil is much easier than most people think. Considering the expense, you’d think you needed more than the ingredients and a cheesecloth.
But you don’t.
All you need to do is add oil and the chosen herbs or other ingredients to the pan. Heat them up and allow the whole thing to simmer for 20-30 minutes. Be careful not to burn the oil.
Then strain it through a cheesecloth. Afterward, you can discard the infusing ingredients and take the new, delicious oil. The amount of money saved can be incredible if you regularly use flavored cooking oils.
Concluding Thoughts – Healthy Isn’t Hard with These Kitchen Hacks!
When it comes to the kitchen, it seems like we can’t get enough hacks. Food is close to our hearts, after all. As you can see, however, making the most of the things that you have in your kitchen isn’t hard. And it can even be super healthy!
Which of these kitchen hacks are you going to try first?
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