People worldwide know how important it is to have a good and healthy diet so they will be able to maintain their health at a high level. They also know how important vegetables are when it comes to nutrients, minerals and vitamins. This is why, in the following rows of this article, we will discuss more about how to cook vegetables so they will be able to preserve their properties. It will be very useful for you to know which types of vegetables according with the season are. Not everyone can eat them raw and you cannot just drink juices or smoothies, especially if you talk about children. If this is something you are interested in, then you should continue your reading session.People worldwide know how important it is to have a good and healthy diet so they will be able to maintain their health at a high level. They also know how important vegetables are when it comes to nutrients, minerals and vitamins. This is why, in the following rows of this article, we will discuss more about how to cook vegetables so they will be able to preserve their properties. It will be very useful for you to know which types of vegetables according with the season are. Not everyone can eat them raw and you cannot just drink juices or smoothies, especially if you talk about children. If this is something you are interested in, then you should continue your reading session.
How to choose your vegetables?
When you finally decide that you must introduce more vegetables in your daily diet, you should go for the season’ vegetables. You know that some vegetables appear only in certain periods of the year. There is a reason for that. They appear exactly when our organisms needs them. We should follow the nature’ rules when it comes about what we eat and enjoy the season veggies as much as possible. Like that, you will benefit of all the nutrients that they can give.
How long you must cook the vegetables?
This is another very important question, which people usually wonder. The main advice you will receive when it comes about cooking veggies, will be to avoid to cook them too much. There are some vegetables, however, that must be boiled quite some time so they will not bring unpleasant side effects such as bloating or flatulence.
To give an example when it comes about that we will mention beans, but beside that, vegetables like potatoes, cabbage or peas can have the same effect for some people. Not everyone tolerates some vegetables in the same way. Whatever gives you a bloating feeling or flatulence should be excluded from your diet because it is more than obvious that they are not good for your body.
To return to our main topic, vegetables should not be cooked too much. You can fry them, you can boil them, cook them in steamers or grill them. They should preserve their color and crunchy aspect even after they are cooked. They can be used as a gasket or as a main dish. In case you want to add some dressings, you should go for light ones such as lemon and oil dressings. Like that, they will only bring vitamins and nutrients to your organism and not fats and carbs. You can mix them with different kinds of herbs so they will be even more tasteful.
Even when you intend to fry them, it will be better if you add a bit of liquid in the pan such as chicken soups or vegetables soups. Not all the vegetables should be cooked in the same manner. For example, broccoli works better if you use a steamer device to cook it and carrots are better when they are sauté. If you must use oil, you should go for the olive oil. It seems that olive oil is lower in cholesterol than sunflower oil.
Now you will receive another great tip when you are thinking to consume potatoes for lunch. When you boil this vegetable you should not peel them. Besides starch they also contain vitamin C. If you boil them unpeeled, they will be able to preserve this vitamin inside of them so you can ingest it.
You should not chop them in too small pieces. The best way to cook them is to cook them whole or chopped in bigger pieces. Like that, they preserve their nutrients better.
Things that you must avoid
There are a few rules you must remember before start cooking these vegetables. Too much water can ruin all these vegetables’ benefits. Another thing you must consider is the cooking temperature. As high it will be as less nutrients you will enjoy. The veggies will lose their color and their taste.
You also know that fried food is not a healthy type of food. This happens when you fry vegetables as well. At the beginning of this article, I have said that you can fry vegetables if you want too. This is also true, as long you will not use too much oil. French fries are far from being healthy and not only them. Those hot oil baths can only release substances that will damage the quality of your food entirely.
You should not throw the water in which your vegetables boiled. This water is filled with the taste and the vitamins of these vegetables. It can be used to prepare other dishes such as soups or rice or different types of sauces. You should boil whole vegetables and not chopped vegetables. Like that, even if some vitamins may dissolve in water, the whole boiled veggies are capable to preserve more of their nutrients than the chopped veggies.
Many people, however, will recommend you to consume them raw. Like that, you do not risk anything. This is true and you can follow this advice, but the satisfaction of eating them cooked by your own hands cannot be taken away from you. In fact, this is one of the best tricks to make you eat more vegetables. Cook them in your own kitchen with your own hands and create some of the most amazing recipes and you will eat more vegetables than you ever thought you would.
Try to involve your kids as well in the cooking activity and they will be less reticent when it comes about vegetables. They will find them more interesting as well. It is the best way to add a plus of nutrients to your entire family’ diet.
After all the information gathered from this article, you may feel a bit more confident about your abilities of preserving the nutrients and the properties of these veggies even if you cook them. Considering that they are quite inexpensive and that the cooking time is quite short, you can create healthy and tasteful dishes in just a few minutes. You can bring them at your office and you will stop eating fast food instead of healthy food.