Tuesday, March 6, 2012

5 Easy Steps To Healthy Cooking

Delicious recipes that use ingredients with a proven track record in enhancing health and offering protection from diseases.
With our daily exposure to a constant stream of conflicting information about nutrition and health, it can be a challenge to discern which foods really do form a healthy diet, let alone how to turn them into delicious dishes that can be prepared without too much time, fuss and expense.

5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking offers a solution. Vastly different from a diet book, this simplified, five-step approach to health is holistic and flexible. It begins and ends with easy and enticing recipes.

The five steps are:

• Choose fresh, whole foods

• Eat mostly vegetable- and fruit-based foods

• Opt for healthy fats and proteins

• Select superfoods (nutrient-dense foods)

• Eat more whole grains

The choices we make at the market, in our kitchens, and around the dining table, can affect our health (for better or for worse). No one food can make you healthy on its own — aim instead for a varied and balanced diet.

Talking Points for 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking:

· Did you know the Meatless Monday Movement started over 100 years ago?

· Eating a diet rich in whole foods supports optimum health and the loss of extra pounds.

· If a product is truly whole-grain, whole grains will be the first ingredient listed.

· Did you know adults should get at least 45-65% of their calories from carbohydrates?

· Minerals, like vitamins, must come from diet; the body does not make them.

· Did you know swapping regular pasta for whole grain is one of the easiest ways to add whole grains to your diet?

· How is this book so different from a diet book?

· Did you know no one food can make you healthy in it’s own?

· What are the most pesticide-contaminated fruits & veggies in North America?

· What are the least-contaminated? Is it always better to buy organic?

· Did you know that not all fruits continue to ripen after being picked?

· What are good dried fruits that can be used in baking, cooking, or snacking on?

· In addition to convenience, frozen produce can sometimes be more nutritious than fresh.

CAMILLA V. SAULSBURY is a food writer, recipe developer, cooking instructor and fitness expert/personal trainer. She has been featured on the Food Network, in the New York Times and on Today and QVC, and has won numerous top cooking competitions, including the Food Network’s $25,000 Ultimate Recipe Showdown (Cookies Episode).

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