By now, we all know that a proper diet and regular exercise are the keys to health and happiness. As a student, maybe you don’t know a lot about cooking, much less how to cook healthily. To help you, we’ve collected some top tips:
1. Steam or microwave your veggies instead of boiling them. With this method, your vegetables retain all their nutrients – and their flavour. You don’t need a fancy steamer machine either. Put a saucepan or pot with a little boiling water on a hotplate, put your veggies in a steamer pot or sieve on top, and cover with a lid. Easy-peasy!
2. Don’t cook with too much salt. You can always add salt to you meal when it’s finished cooking. Also, watch out for foods with high sodium content – check the labels on canned, preserved and processed food as these usually have the most salt. It’s always better to buy fresh food where possible.
3. Say no to chicken skin. This part of the chicken may be the tastiest, but it is full of saturated fat, which is bad for your heart (and your waistline). You can cook your chicken with the skin still on it, but make sure you remove it before serving and eating.
4. Use non-stick pots and pans, so you don’t have to use oil or butter to cook your food. If you prefer to use oil, use coconut oil. Because of its unique chemical make-up, it doesn’t change too much when it’s heated (it stays in the same, healthy form) and you can also keep and re-use it a few times.
5. Cook a lot all at once and freeze it. This way, the next time you’re too tired to cook, you have a read-made meal and won’t be tempted to order a pizza.