Tip #16: Cook But Don’t Fry

Weight Loss tip 16Some of our best feelings for comforting food include fried foods. Often, when we think of binge eating, it involves fried chicken, chips, and more. So we all know inherently that fried food may not be healthy – and is always counter-productive to weight loss efforts.

Instead, try to move into cooking healthier meals and snacks. Roasting, steaming, poaching, baking, braising and broiling are all alternatives to unhealthy frying, and can create some amazing replacements for your current fried favorites.

Examples of Fried Foods You Can do Better

Potato Chips

Thinly slice potatoes, sprinkle with the seasoning of your choice, and bake them at 450 degrees for 15 minutes (flip them half way through. Want to add a bit of oil to the snack? Try Avocado or Coconut oil for a healthy option.

Fried Chicken

Adding in your own seasoning and breading for the chicken, use a binder such as raw egg or a bit of buttermilk, coat your chicken, and bake at 425 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes. Crunchy!

French Fries

Satisfying french fries are very easy even on the stove top. Use a very thin layer of coconut or avocado oil in a pan on medium-high heat. “Fry” on both sides for 3-5 minutes or until a beautiful, crunchy brown.

Onion Rings

Much like healthy fried chicken, you can create some delicious not-fried onion rings with a custom mix of your favorite spices, breading, some egg wash, and the oven set to 425. Try making the breading out of gluten-free options like almond flour!

Egg Rolls

Arguably the most-purchased oriental food item, egg rolls are delicious. Make a version that isn’t saturated in unhealthy fat by brushing a thin layer of healthy oil on each side and baking at 400 degrees for 40 minutes. Healthy takeout without the hassle!

Often, the healthy versions of “fried” foods and snacks take only a small amount of “extra” effort over their fattening, nutrient-devoid, counterparts. What other options have you found to replace your favorites?

 

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