Making Healthy Choices In Shopping For Free Recipes Ingredients

 

Cooking for yourself or your family is always more fun and easier with the help of free recipes. You know what you have to buy and instructions are provided. But when it comes to shopping for the ingredients, make sure to make the healthy choices by following these tips:

Picking the right bread

If you find free recipes that you can pair with bread, make healthy options by picking the right kind of bread. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to lose weight because as long as you eat just the right portion you are good to go. The best bet is whole wheat and others made with whole grains. These help lower the risk for heart disease and certain cancers and also promote weight loss by keeping you fuller longer.

Make sure you read the label before picking anything up. Most people assume darker color bread is instantly whole wheat. Some refined breads have molasses or caramel that change their color. To get the real thing, go through the label and buy bread made from 100% whole wheat. Don’t let misleading terminology fool you, too. Words like enriched white flour mean the bread is made from white flour and even if you see multigrain or high fiber on the packaging, it does not guarantee it is a whole grain product either.

The healthiest bread match for the free recipes is those with the whole grain stamp or any product containing at least 8g of whole grains. Check the fiber content, too. The ideal is at least 2g per slice. But remember apart from bread, you can mix it up and eat your food with whole grain pitas, flatbreads, or tortillas. They are equally healthy and delicious complements to your free recipes.

Smart options at the canned food aisle

Sometimes, free recipes get help from canned and packaged goods to cut preparation or cooking time. While highly convenient, you have to watch out still, because products in these aisles are often not the healthiest of choices. Most of them have a shocking amount of sodium. For example, one can of soup can pack 1,600 mg of sodium. The recommended daily intake is at 2,300 mg.

Make the smarter choice by buying the reduced-sodium variety and make sure to pair them with naturally low sodium foods such as fruit and leafy greens. Other great choices include tuna or chicken packed in water, fruits in natural juices, and vegetables and beans. When buying sauces, choose tomato based sauces instead of alfredo or cheesy pasta sauces to cut down on fat. Also, don’t hesitate to buy frozen vegetables as they are packed at their peak and they are as nutritious as the fresh ones and cheaper, too.

Making meat count

In the meat counter, buy lean meat. If it says 80% lean, it means it still has 20% fat and that is too much. Pick beef that is round cut or loin cut. When buying ground poultry, ask if it has been ground with the skin on because most are and that is not healthy. Do not eat the skin of any meat. Buy skinless or take out the skin at home before or after cooking to reduce the fat content. In general, only use ground meat that is 90% lean for your food.

Additionally, always go for fresh meat. Look for the fresh looking meat and fish with shiny and firm flesh. When you press it gently with your thumb, it should spring back. Twice a week, make sure to eat fish and pick those with a high omega-3 content such as salmon, trout, or tuna. You can look for free recipes that use this kind of fish o substitute whenever possible.

 


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