Meals at home and with family do not have to be fat-ladenaffairs. Nor do they have to be boring, tasteless times ofcelery mashing around the table. A few subtle adjustments inyour food choices will make a big difference on the scales.
Think Lean Meat Don't give up meat, just make smarter choices in buying it.Meat is much leaner today than it has been due to trimmingefforts on the part of meatpackers. Beef labeled as "loin","round" and "extra lean" are your best choices.
According to The Wisconsin Beef Council, cuts like top round,tenderloin or sirloin qualify as lean, healthy selections. Roasting, baking, grilling, braising and broiling are healthymeat-cooking methods. Use non-stick pans and choose cookingsprays over oil or butter during preparation. Another way toreduce fat is to strain cooked ground beef and rinse it withhot water. Drain it well before you continue the recipe.
Lean Chicken Choices When we think lean we often look to chicken. Be smart. Many ofus turn a potentially diet-friendly staple into somethingconsiderably less than healthy. Say no to fried patties, chicken fingers, nuggets and franks. Switch to broiling,roasting, baking or steaming fresh chicken.
Use a non-stick panwith cooking spray, broth or wine. Keep in mind that poultry dark meat contains about twice asmuch fat as white meat. Also, the skin is full of fat. You canremove the skin before cooking or choose skinless varieties.Simply make a rule or take off the skin before you eat it.
Lean Turkey Is A Smart Choice If you're preparing a turkey, why not cook the stuffingseparately? You will reduce its fat content by preventing theturkey fat from soaking into the dressing. Try to use lessbutter or margarine when preparing the stuffing.
Don't forgetto skim the fat off of the gravy with a gravy separator or by refrigerating it. Leave the drumsticks for the kids. As withchicken, choose light meat over dark and you'll save quite afew calories.
Steam It Green Serve steamed vegetables instead of heavy casseroles orcheese-based dishes. Steaming or microwaving veggies means youdon't have to add any fat during preparation; choose lemonjuice, herbs, or vinegar over margarine. Use herbs and spicesor imitation butter sprinkles as seasoning instead of butter,oil or cheese.
If steamed vegetables don't suit your tastebuds, reduce the amount of oil you use if you saut? them. Brothor flavored vinegar makes a great substitute for oil. Grains Are Great Whenever you have the chance, choose whole grains as your breadchoice. For example, you could choose whole grain breading forstuffing preparation, whole grain dinner rolls, whole wheatbread for sandwiches, and wild rice instead of white.
All types of white bread are high in refined sugar and pack inmore calories than grains. These refined sugars are some of the"bad carbs" we hear so much about these days. If you still cravewhite bread occasionally, choose a "lite" or diet version, whichwill save you a few calories.
About The Author: JM Jackson is a fitness, health and weightloss consultatn in northern California. For more informationsee http://secrettips.net
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