One thing that I really emphasise to my clients is the importance of cooking at home as often as possible.
However, for many of my clients, getting into the kitchen is a chore and the possibility of cooking healthy and tasty meals seems furthest from their minds.
Not only does the thought of cooking bring a sense of dread, but there is also a feeling of being absolutely clueless about where to even start in making a meal that is healthy.
My advice, however, is to push through these feelings and to get into the kitchen and just start cooking. That is the best way to learn!
Here are some pointers to get those of you who are a little intimidated by the kitchen feeling more confident and ready to get started.
Healthy cooking methods
The best cooking methods for vegetables are steaming, roasting, baking, braising and stir-frying. Avoid deep frying and microwaving (even if they seem like the easiest options!). These will destroy most of the important enzymes and nutrients in the vegetables you are preparing.
Avoid too much oil
You can use water to stir fry with as a way to avoid using oil, which can be laden with calories. If you do want to use oil, I recommend sticking to coconut oil, which is heart-healthy and has a high smoke point.
Focus on nutrient dense foods
Cooking with vegetables is a great start for having nutritious meals. Making a vegetable stir fry really just involves chopping the veg and throwing them into the fry pan or wok. Not complicated but very tasty and full of vitamins and minerals that are nourishing to your body.
Double-batch when you cook
By this, I mean make more than you need, and save the left-overs for lunch or dinner the next day. Cook once, eat twice!
Don’t be afraid to experiment
Try to think about cooking as something fun. The way I learned to cook was really just by trying. I found recipes that looked nice and followed them. As I got more confident, I would swap certain ingredients for others and I started to learn what the purpose was for each item. The more I practiced, the less disasters there were and the quicker I got at chopping, peeling and cooking until now it has become a fun creative outlet for me. it can also be a great bonding time if you get your partner or kids to also help out.
Honestly, cooking does not have to be difficult, and making it a habit will save you money and ensure you are eating as healthy as possible more of the time.
- What advice would you give to someone who says they hate cooking or are a terrible cook?
If you would like to get inspiration for what to cook every day, as well as learn some tricks for making healthy meals, then I can recommend my healthy and nutritious meal planners to get you started. Each weekly plan contains a week’s worth of healthy, plant-based and gluten free recipes and a shopping list laid out in an easy-to-read format and with pictures, so you can have no more excuses for not getting into the kitchen more!