Low-fat cooking: these ingenious tricks will save you loads of calories!
When we cook, we often forget about the importance of low-fat cooking to stay healthy and slim. Most of us use way too much fat, and that means one thing above all: unnecessary calories. Here are 9 ingenious tips with which you can easily cook low-fat without having to change your entire diet.
Sometimes it helps to just rethink something while cooking. Far too often we tend to let habits guide us. Sure, it’s easy to throw the fries in the deep fryer or make the spaghetti carbonara with the cream sauce that our grandmother made with them. If you want to lose weight, that should stop now. But don’t worry: you don’t have to go without your favorite food. We have 9 ingenious tricks for you that you can easily integrate into your everyday life and with which you can save a lot of fat at the same time!
Tip 1: fry in a coated pan for delicious low-fat cooking
You won’t believe how much fat you can save by investing in a good pan. Coated pans are ideal for low-fat cooking. One tablespoon of oil is enough to fry meat, for example. This is because such pans have a non-stick coating and this ensures that your food does not burn or stick in the pan.
Extra tip: When buying the pan, make sure that it is sealed with ceramic. Then it can withstand high temperatures without producing toxic substances.
Tip 2: marinate instead of breading!
Meat or fish only tastes good when it is thickly breaded? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that! If you want to eat a low-fat diet, you should definitely stay away from breaded foods. On the one hand, the breading is already a real fattening food due to the white flour and bread crumbs it contains (carbs), and on the other hand, it soaks up with fat when frying. That’s an explosive combination, which will make you gain wait for sure if you eat it often enough.
Instead, use the marinade instead. You can easily do it yourself. You conjure up a very low-fat variant from honey and mustard. But you can also just mix some oil with fresh herbs and garlic and brush the meat with it. Tastes at least as good and is much lower in fat!
Tip 3: degrease meat and broths
There are two little tricks for doing this: You can degrease a broth by placing it in the refrigerator overnight. The cold fat settles on top, so you can easily take it out with a spoon. If you want to degrease the meat, put it on a piece of kitchen roll after frying it. This absorbs the excess fat. And voilá: with two small movements you can ensure that you’re a step closer to become a wizard at low-fat cooking.
Tip 4: measure the oil
When cooking, we often take the oil bottle and artfully swing it over the pan. Maybe this looks professional if you’re trying cook low fat, but you’re making a mistake. You have absolutely no control over how much fat you use. And in most cases, it’s way too much! So take a tablespoon and measure the oil. In general, one tablespoon of oil is sufficient for a coated pan.
Tip 5: replace cream with milk or coconut milk
Yes – everything tastes better when you add cream or cremé fraîche. Unfortunately, these are exactly the ultimate calorie bombs. For example, if you’re making a pasta casserole, add a little milk instead of the cream. You will hardly notice this later in the taste, but you will save a lot of calories. If you need a delicious sauce with rice or noodles, add coconut milk instead of the cream. It gives your food a very special touch and is a winning dish in low-fat cooking.
Tip 6: Low-fat cooking made easy: off in the oven!
French fries, schnitzel or spring rolls – they all taste great, of course, when deep fried or fried in a pan with lots of butter. But unfortunately there is a real fat bomb lurking here! If you want to lose weight, your motto from now on is: Bake instead of fry! You usually don’t need any fat when baking. And you will see – in the end your food tastes just as good.
Extra tip: You can make fries yourself, for example, super easy. Simply cut the potatoes into small wedges, drizzle with a little oil, season well and bake in the oven for half an hour at 200 C.
Tip 7: use low-fat meat
When shopping for the groceries, you can make sure that they are as low in fat as possible. You should be particularly careful with meat. Many types of meat, such as mixed minced meat, contain a lot of fat. There is little fat in poultry, minced beef or boiled ham, for example. So prefer to use these varieties.
Tip 8: make salad dressing yourself
You make a huge effort, chop up lettuce and lots of vegetables, because you want to eat really healthy. Now add a little sauce, otherwise the salad will be too dry even for your low-fat cooking menus.
And bang, it happened. A greasy vinaigrette or the sugary yogurt sauce from the supermarket lands on the healthy salad. And most of them don’t even realize that there are tons of calories in these sauces.
But don’t worry: you don’t have to eat your salad without dressing, of course. You can easily make a low-fat yogurt sauce yourself. Simply mix some yogurt with a teaspoon of mustard, a little honey, a few fresh herbs of your choice, a tablespoon of vinegar and salt and pepper. Instead of a real dressing, you can also pour some vinegar or better yet lemon and oil over the salad.
Tip 9: grill more often
Barbecue is only possible in summer? That’s not true! The good thing about grilling is that you don’t need any fat and the meat or vegetables still don’t taste dry at all. But you don’t have to turn on your large charcoal grill every time. There are small electric grills for the apartment that you can get for yourself. You can also use the grill function of your oven, however, for mindful low-fat cooking and to prepare your food fat-free. Just try it.
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