Try these easy hints and tips to keep unwanted fat and calories out of your meat, poultry and fish:
- Always trim away any fat that you see. Even lean cuts may be sold with fat around the edges, so simply use a sharp knife to remove it before cooking. Any chicken or turkey with skin, pull away the skin before cooking.
- Include fish in your diet! Certain thick cuts of fish such as tuna have a steak style texture that meat eaters will enjoy. Most fish are full of omega 3 fatty acids which are great for the body.
- Let hidden fat drain away from meat. Placing roasts or similar cuts on a rack in your cooking pan allows the fat to drip away from the meat.
- Try to use lighter oils when cooking, such as oil sprays that contain a small amount of oil but spread it a little further. These types of cooking sprays will allow you to forget about its fat contents
- Use cooking techniques that don't add calories, such as roasting, grilling and poaching. Try to avoid deep frying.
- Change up breadcrumbs for chopped nuts or seeds for a crunchy crust. Seeds and nuts provide a good serving of essential fatty acids, while others are a great source of vitamin E and protein.
- Salt is a common flavour enhancer, but research suggests that a high salt diet contributes to a range of health problems including high blood pressure.
- Culinary herbs are leafy plants that add flavour and colour to all types of meals. They are high in health protective phyto-estrogen and can replace the flavour of salt and oil.
- If you spend a little time on presentation, you are more likely to enjoy a visually appealing meal.
- You are less likely to overeat if you eat slowly and savour every mouthful.
- Switch to reduced salt or wholegrain bread.
- Limit high-fat spreads such as butter or margarine, the butter isnt often even tasted if the sandwich includes some tasty ingredients already.
- Use salad and vegetables to fill it.
- Try to reduce the use of processed meats, instead opt for chicken breast, tuna or peanut butter