We always hear about the best foods for us to eat, but we often do not hear that, learning how to cook healthy with them and it can be just as important as knowing what to cook. Sometimes it is difficult to choose from all the products out there, just the right way to cook something we love to eat. With so many flavored butters and types of oils, it’s hard to chose the right one to cook healthy with.
Here are a few tips to help you make that choice:
Olive Oil as a Cook Healthy oil.
My favorite cooking oil is Olive Oil. It offers a very distinct flavor with plenty of heart healthy ingredients. Olive Oil is rich in monounsaturated fat, that helps to lower your cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of cancer. It’s also rich in antioxidants and has a very long storage life.
Most of us think of it as a cooking oil, but it’s the healthiest when used uncooked. Using it in our salads or as a dipping sauce allows us to taste it’s natural flavors. Learning the different types of Olive Oils is most helpful in our cooking, too. The olive will go through several pressing to get full use of it’s oil before being bottled and sold. The first press is called, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, it’s the one we get the biggest health benefits to cook healthy from. It has the natural flavor of the olive, the color will be deeper and it lays on our tongue much better. Do not use the first press for cooking, use only in raw foods or as part of a salad dressing recipe. If you try cooking with it, it will burn quickly and taste terrible.
The next two pressing are much better for cooking. They are called, Virgin Olive Oil and Refined Olive Oil. You can use either of these for cooking and get good results, with flavor and taste. When you use them for cooking, you should heat it on low to medium temperatures, making sure to avoid high heat. There are several other rankings of olive oil but some are not meant to be consumed by humans, so always read the labels when in doubt.
Butter as a Cook Healthy oil.
Butter should be the one oil we all know about and where it comes from, as it has been around as long as humans. I’m not sure how it came to be discovered but we thank the first person who took the spoiled milk, shook it until this solid floated to the top. They must have been very brave to taste it and proclaim….mmmmm, so good! Butter offers Vitamin A and other fat soluble vitamins such as E, K, and even D in it’s rich goodness. Butter is also organic, made from natural ingredients and has not been chemically or artificially processed.
You can use butter in cooking, baking, or even as a spread on your bread. It can also be used in, creamy sauces, marinades, baked dishes such as pies and cakes.
Canola Oil as a Cook Healthy oil.
Canola oil is a popular oil, with many physicians claiming that it has the ability to lower the risk of heart disease. The oil is low in saturated fat, high in monounsaturated fat, and offers the best fatty acid composition when compared to other oils.
You can use canola oil in sauteing, as a marinade and even in low temperature stir frying. It has little to no flavor, which makes it a great oil for foods that contain many spices. Unlike many other oils, this one won’t interfere with the taste of your meal.
When it comes to cooking with oils, there are many at your disposal. There are many more than what is mentioned here, but these are the most popular. Eating healthy involves cooking the right food in the best way, with the right ingredients, for you to get their benefits. A good healthy meal is where your cook healthy oil really takes center stage and becomes the star of meal.