Congratulations graduate! You’ve donned the silly cap, rocked the gown and you’ve got your diploma. But now that the kitchen is all yours…what are you going to do?
We’ve compiled the top ten survival tips for cooking healthy after college.
- Suit it up: Outfit your kitchen with the basic equipment. You won’t be doing any cooking without at least: a cookie sheet, a sauce pan, a pot, cutting board, paring knife, chopping knife, and mixing spoon.
- Use the internet: We are a tech savvy generation…that’s why you’re reading this blog right? Use the internet to learn the basics. Even use You-Tube to find out how to make pancakes; it’s like having an instructor in your home. You can also download apps on your phone like Epicurious or All Recipes for help on what to cook or Fooducate for what items are healthier.
- Use beans: They are inexpensive, high in protein, fiber, and exceptionally versatile (salad topping, bean burger, chili, tacos are just a few things you can use beans for!).
- Cruise the market: If food and cooking is a foreign language to you, spend some time getting comfortable. Look at options in the grocery and read cookbooks to become ‘food literate’.
- Skip the frying: Get the same crisped effect as frying by baking and broiling instead. You’ll be downing less unhealthy calories from frying oil.
- Make it once, eat it twice: A big obstacle for healthy cooking is that people thinking it’s time consuming. Yes, microwaving a meal takes exactly five minutes, but what you’ll save in time, you’ll pay for with health problems later. Instead, make a double batch of your healthy meal that you can freeze or have for lunch the next day.
- Skip the faux: Not so real cheese sauce, or the hefty buttermilk ranch dressing shouldn’t be your go to topping. Go for spices and herbs vs. preservatives and chemicals.
- Use your blender: A smoothie for breakfast is easy especially for on the go. You can also use your blender to make a vegetable dense soup for dinner.
- Pre-prep for healthy snacks: Chop vegetables, cube melon and have it in an accessible clear container easily visible in the fridge. You’ll be less likely to go for the chips if you have a healthy option ready.
- Make it whole: Whole wheat pasta and bread are more nutritious that their refined and processed cousin. With more fiber in the whole wheat option, you’ll stay satisfied longer and snag a slew of vitamins and minerals.
Let us know how you’re surviving in your kitchen!