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Shake up how you cook for healthier meals
Tuesday, 9 March · 2 min read

Did you know there’s more to healthy eating than just choosing good food?

Some cooking methods, like deep-fat frying and pan frying, not only remove nutrients from your food but also increase how much fat is in your meals.

Try these healthier cooking techniques:

Baking

It takes a bit more time, but baking can be a healthier way to cook as it requires little or no oil. You can bake most foods – including meat, fish and vegetables – either uncovered in a pan or dish, or wrapped in greaseproof paper or foil to help keep food moist.

Roasting

Roasting is a lot like baking but uses higher temperatures and foods are cooked uncovered in the oven. Again, you need little or no oil to cook food this way. It’s a good idea to use a rack inside a roasting pan, as this allows the natural fat in food to drip away while it’s cooking.

Steaming

Steaming is a really easy cooking method that requires no extra oil or fat and is one of the best ways to maintain the nutrients, texture and taste of your food. It’s a great way to cook fish and vegetables – you can add even more flavour by seasoning the water you’re using to steam the food in.

Other healthy methods of cooking include searing, sautéing, poaching, braising and boiling.

Quick Quiz
How many grams of fat are there in 100g of deep-fried, battered chicken?
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