How I Learned that Cooking Healthy Doesn’t Mean Sacrificing Taste

Charmd Baker
Aug 26 · 5 min read

Who knew that you could combine healthy and tasty and still have a satisfying meal?

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It goes without saying that it can be a real challenge to come up with healthy meals for your family. It took me some time to discover that cooking healthy doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the taste. I came to understand this by tuning in and viewing some of the popular cooking shows on television.

Lack of Healthy Food

Growing up, I was always a picky eater and what’s even worse, I hated vegetables. This wasn’t a big issue, considering the fact that the lack of healthy food was the least of my worries. I had a hard and unhappy childhood, including while in foster care. If this hadn’t been the case, maybe I might have turned into a healthier eater. But as it was, there was no one in my life who cared enough to make me eat healthy.

Though I’ve never been a big eater, or one who uses food as an escape, I’ve also never been big on diversity. Once upon a time, when I found something that I enjoyed eating, I simply made a habit of eating the same thing all the time. Clearly, this is no way to expand your palate and help you appreciate new foods. My poor taste buds were so neglected! By the time I ended up in a happy household with a fairly normal family, my eating habits were pretty set in stone, and they rarely included vegetables. Enter the Food Network!

Changing Poor Eating Habits

For me, learning to eat healthier meant understanding that my poor habits took time to develop, so my success would take time and repeated efforts.

Like many of the other tough challenges in life, changing your poor eating habits is not an easy thing to do, nor should you expect a change overnight. In my case, I never even realized how bad an eater I was, until I started watching cooking shows on the Food Network. Initially, I sat and watched them with my sister (who is what Wendy Williams calls a “foodie”).

At first, I simply found the shows funny and entertaining, but I had no intentions of trying any of the recipes. But eventually, that changed, and gradually, so did my poor eating habits. I won’t lie, I still don’t eat enough veggies, but I eat a whole lot more than I used to. Since I appreciate my vegetables more, I also treat them better when it comes to storing and preparation, so I throw away a lot less produce.

Healthy Eating Habits

Healthy eating habits can mean different things to different people. Vegetarians, Vegans, Gluten-free, Juicers; you name it, and there’s a group of folks who swear by the dietary benefits. For me, learning to eat healthier meant finding ways to incorporate vegetables into the dishes I love. Trust me, this is easier said than done.

Developing healthy eating habits doesn’t just magically happen just because you want it to. It takes lots of effort. I wasn’t anywhere near successful until I started to understand that my poor habits took time to develop, so my success would take time and repeated efforts. So I stopped beating myself up whenever I found myself sitting down with a full plate that didn’t include not one vegetable. As far as trying a new dish of any kind, that just wasn’t happening.

Cooking Healthy for Others

The one thing that eventually saved me and put me on the right path was when I decided to try preparing some new dishes just for my household to eat, not me. Normally, when I prepared vegetables or something I didn’t like, I didn’t even bother to try eating it myself.

My family members all eat vegetables with no problem, and they’ll try whatever I set before them, mostly. They seemed to love my newfound cooking talents. Once I started trying out more and more television recipes (the simple ones that seemed appealing to me), I was curious to see how they turned out, so naturally I began tasting the dishes. That’s how I finally began preparing healthy, yet tasty dishes.

To this day, I love to watch shows like Pioneer Woman, Beat Bobby Flay, and others that entertain and teach cooking at the same time. Of course, not all the food shows or cooks focus specifically on healthy foods, but I still pick up pointers about how to prepare tasty dishes that at least include some healthy ingredients.

Healthy & Tasty Foods

I believe that when people don’t like what they are forcing themselves to eat, they won’t always eat like they should. If this is the case, it will defeat the whole purpose of healthy eating. So when you’re trying to eat something that you typically wouldn’t eat, I find it becomes more enticing when you add it to something you do like. A perfect example is broccoli and cheese, my all-time favorite vegetable. I was a middle-aged adult before I started eating and enjoying broccoli, all thanks to a little cheese.

You and your family members or household want more than just a nutritious meal. Meals should also be appealing to your taste buds. Believe it or not, this is actually possible. Your healthy recipes can include meats, sauces and other tasty foods, along with the vegetables, grains and fruits that are good for them.

Learning to prepare and cook your meals in a healthier fashion will enable you to provide healthy meals for your family, without ever sacrificing the taste!

Healthy Cooking Styles

Are you ready to take the lead in preparing healthier meals? Young or old, you’ll notice a change for the better when you do. So the question is, what makes a healthy meal?

Many factors apply, including the ingredients you are using, as well as the method that you choose to prepare your meal. There are a number of different ways for you to cook and eat healthy. Notice these 5 healthy cooking solutions below.

  • Roasting
  • Baking
  • Grilling
  • Broiling
  • Stir frying

Using the above cooking methods to prepare meals for you and your family will benefit you in many ways. These cooking styles help to cut down on things like cholesterol, and also saturated and trans fat. At the same time, more of the nutritional value of the food is being retained in the food when you use these healthy cooking methods.

In addition to the above cooking styles, you can also choose other healthy methods like stewing, braising and poaching. All these methods are a healthy alternative to frying your food.

Now that I’m more familiar with these creative ways to prepare healthy food, and I’m more open to trying new tastes and flavors, I don’t think I’ll ever stop cooking healthy again.

Daily Charm

A seasoned freelance writer and self-published author provides candid, entertaining, and informative stories about personal life experiences before, during, and after becoming an online writer.

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A seasoned freelance writer and self-published author provides candid, entertaining, and informative stories about personal life experiences before, during, and after becoming an online writer.

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