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You can eat healthy without ditching taste. Just follow these top 5 tricks

Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean eating meals that are bland. Here are 5 ways to make your comfort food more nutritious while retaining its deliciousness.

fitness Updated: Jul 27, 2017 10:19 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Olive oil is full of mono-unsaturated fats, which have fat burning properties.(Shutterstock)

Small changes in your food habits go a long way. Instead of going on a crash diet or adopting the latest health fad, it’s better to make healthy choices and modify your everyday meals. We get Indizza - The Delivery Kitchen’s head chef, Bijender Singh, to show you how.

1) Say yes to smart fats:

Use olive oil, grapeseed oil, avocados, and avocado seed oil for cooking, or as a salad dressing. These oils are rich stores of precious mono-unsaturated fats, which have fat burning properties.

2) Consume complex carbs:

There are many benefits of switching from simple carbohydrates to complex carbs. They contain more fibre and help boost metabolism. For instance, you can substitute all-purpose flour with whole wheat or multi-grain flour. Swap rice with brown rice or cauliflower rice. It’s light and fluffy, like couscous. It’s also tender.

3) Roast, bake and steam:

Home cooks can effortlessly opt for methods like baking, roasting or steaming, over frying. A dry-heat cooking method, baking requires little-added fat. And if you use a roasting rack, any fat will drain out during cooking.

Ditch white sugar for natural sweeteners like raw honey. ( Shutterstock )

4) Go for natural sweeteners:

Who said you can’t eat dessert if you’re trying to eat healthy? Switch from white sugar to natural sweeteners like raw honey and jaggery as they are packed with nutrients that help with good digestion.

5) Make healthy dips and spreads:

Instead of using low-calorie mayonnaise or low fat spreads, go for a healthier option of using hung curd with simple seasoning. While other dressing and dips may make you feel bloated, hung curd is actually a cooling agent that also hydrates the body. It also acts as an antioxidant.

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First Published: Jul 27, 2017 09:29 IST