Looking for healthy recipe ideas online or at cook books, there are some guidelines which will help make it even easier to identify a healthy recipe and create one for yourself. When you visit cook books or online sites that offer healthy recipes, you are looking for specific things. For example, say you like a particular piece of chocolate cake, what is the ingredient list? What kind of fats is it? How many calories does it contain? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you should probably look for another recipe that offers a more complete answer.
For example, if you want to transform your family favorite chocolate cake into a low fat meal, talk to your dietitian about changing the fat content, the sugar content and the flour content in the original recipe to healthier options which will still deliver the flavor and satisfaction of the original but which will be lower in fat and calories. Another important aspect to consider when you are looking for healthy recipes is to read the ingredients list and to ensure that you are choosing ingredients that are not going to add to the fat content or to the cholesterol levels in your body. It is important to reduce your intake of saturated fat, salt and sugar and increase your intake of fiber, protein, whole grains and fruits and vegetables.
Another important factor to consider when choosing a healthy recipe is the type of fats and/or sugars included in the recipes and how much of each you need to include. For instance, when cooking a stew you want to avoid using butter or vegetable oil so you may want to include sour cream or reduced-fat milk, whole grain rice and noodles as ingredients in order to keep your overall calorie count down. Even fruits and vegetables should only be eaten in moderation and eating too many raw fruits and vegetables can have negative health consequences. This is why it is important to be cautious about the type of recipes you prepare and only add in things that are healthy for you to consume.