We are regularly asked by those who visit Mountain Trek how it is that our food is so delicious and yet we avoid using such “staples” as refined carbohydrates, salt and sugar. The good news is it’s simple: we just don’t have any of those things in our kitchen.
Here are 10 more secrets to healthy cooking, compliments of the chefs at Mountain Trek.
#1. Use Smart Fats
There are two types of fat: unsaturated, such as olive oil, and saturated, such as butter. Choose the first more often and only eat the latter in smaller doses.
#2. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Stick to whole (unprocessed) grains such as wild rice and quinoa, which have more fibre, zinc and other nutrients.
#3. Go Unrefined
If you take nothing else away from these secrets, remember this: eat more vegetables and fruits and less of almost everything else.
#4. It’s Not All About the Meat
Meat is a source of protein but most also contain saturated fat. Eat small portions and substitute often with beans and legumes such as peas.
#5. Lessen Intake of Fat-Filled Dairy Products
Fat-free dairy products are usually full of artificial sweeteners, which are worse than fat in our opinion. Better to lessen your intake of fat-filled dairy all together.
#6. Keep Portions Reasonable
At Mountain Trek we’re big proponents of healthy meal composition as well as meal timings. Remember to keep portions small and simple and eat the majority of your daily food before 5:00 pm.
#7. Avoid Sweeteners
Whether you’re using unrefined honey or white sugar, you’re adding calories to your meal and hardly any nutritional value.
#8. Reduce Sodium
The recommended intake of salt per day is about a teaspoon – which you will get naturally in your food. Throw away that salt shaker.
#9. Go For the Flavour
There are many other delicious ways to flavour your dishes than just using salt and pepper. Fresh herbs, spices and citrus will add punch to your meals without making you feel you’re missing out.
#10. Be Mindful and Enjoy
In our current culture it’s so easy to just grab the most convenient thing in the cupboard and run. (Or worse, eat out for every meal.) But by putting more time and effort into your cooking you’ll be happier, healthier and enjoy a lot more vitality.[fbcomments]