Low Calorie Cooking Tricks to Help you Shed Pounds
To many weight loss plans summon up the image of a diet of bland and unappetizing food served in small portions. Eating healthy and losing weight doesn’t have to be boring or plain. Here is some kitchen witchery that will spice up your meals will slimming down your waistline.
Eliminate oils when sautéing
if you want to sauté onions, garlic, mushroom, etc instead of oil or butter add 2 teaspoons of water. Bring to a bowl and cover w a lid on low heat. The result is soft caramelized vegetables with a delicious taste. Another trick is to roast your garlic and onions instead of sautéing them. This releases all the oils and gives them a rich flavor. Instead of salt use vinegar or fresh lemon juice.
It will satisfy you need for salt without the water retention.
Craving mashed potatoes?
Use low sodium fat-free chicken broth in place of butter.
The flavor is delicious and the fat content is cut by ½. Add ¼ tsp of ground nutmeg to kick the flavor up a notch. For another delicious trick try mashed Cauliflower instead of potatoes.
It’s delicious, nutritious and low in calories
Make your own delicious salad dressing or marinade.
Just mix 1 part aromatic vinegar like balsamic with 1 part fruit juice or a flavored tea bag and 1 part light oil. For more flavors add fresh dill, garlic, or pepper flake. The cheese stands alone Use aged cheeses in your favorite recopies. The flavor of a well aged cheese like bleu, gorgonzola, or extra sharp cheddar is stronger and you can use less cheese to achieve the same flavor.
Use fat-free milk and broths when making gravy and soup.
You can keep the flavor without the calories! If you make your own stock leaves it in the fridge overnight. The next day you can easily remove all the fat off the top. To thicken your broth Cornstarch, while high in crabs is the perfect low calorie thickener. Heat unsweetened applesauce to make syrups for pancakes, waffles, and more. You can also use applesauce or mashed bananas in place of sugar and oil in baking.
Make a “flaxseed egg” for baking.
Soak 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed in 2 tablespoons water for 5 minutes. Use as a substitute in any recipes that call for eggs. 1 egg has 78 calories, flaxseed egg 37 calories. Remove the skin off of chicken and trim the fat from steaks and chops.
Choose to grill or bake your meat uses dry rub seasonings as opposed to butter, oil, or salt. Start your meal off with a leafy salad with lots of added fruits and veggies whenever possible. Eat it first to help you fill up before your main course.
Don’t forget your yummy homemade dressing!
Drink lots of water!
If you think you are hungry drink an 8 ounce glass of water first. Not only will the water help fill you up, the systems of dehydration mimic that of hunger.
Use these handy tricks and you will be making healthy low- cal meals that everyone will enjoy in no time at all!