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Many people struggle to eat healthy food because they don’t believe that a delicious home cooked and healthy meal could ever beat pizza and burgers. Would you believe us if we told you that healthy food can be delicious and that you can make it yourself with minimal effort? Take these five steps and discover a whole new world of cuisine!
1. Use High-Quality Cookware
Induction cooking is a revolutionary form of technology that has become a game-changer in the home. Induction technology involves magnetic currents that heat your induction cookware, rather than the cooktop itself. Believe it or not, this can make a difference in your meal quality. Induction technology promotes consistent results, faster cook time, even heat distribution, and less need for fats and oils. You’ll be amazed at how flavorsome your food can become (and without all the burnt bits) with a change in cookware!
2. Ingredients, Not Products
Many people make the mistake of choosing healthy products when they are trying to eat better. They see the latest fad diet and then fill their shopping carts with all the latest diet-approved goods that are supposedly better than others.
In reality, those ready-to-eat products from leading diet programs (AKA savvy marketers) don’t always taste that nice and can be anything but healthy as well. If you want to create nutritious meals for your family, then fruits and vegetables are the answer. Stick with natural, everyday staples for a healthier, happier you.
3. Fresh is Best
It can be a struggle to add flavor to food, especially if you are trying to eat better and stay away from pre-packaged goods. One of the most reliable ways to add that zing to your meal is with fresh ingredients. Use fresh herbs instead of dried, and enjoy fruit as it comes, not dried and sweetened. Keep food as nature intended, and you’ll quickly enjoy your meal creations a whole lot more.
4. Spice it Up
Spices not only add flavor and color to your dishes but come with a range of health benefits as well. For example, turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory effects, and basil can fight infections. So, you get to enjoy healthy food with a new depth of flavor that also offers a boost to your wellbeing. Put oregano in your pork or chicken, and try a touch of cumin in your vegetable dishes. Play around with different flavors, and you’ll soon see no need to reach for sweet and sugary snacks.
5. Don’t Shy Away from Fat
When you are trying to eat healthier and prepare nutritious meals, you may think about cutting out fat. After all, isn’t fat bad for you? That was the consensus in the 80s and 90s, but as it turns out, it’s not so clear-cut. There are four types of fat; saturated, trans, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated.
Saturated fats include a few good fats, such as raw butter and coconut oil, but you only need a little bit. Monounsaturated includes olives, macadamia nuts, and avocado—all of which are healthy. Your body also needs Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats (the polyunsaturated kinds). Not all fat is bad fat, and it can add a lot of flavor to your meals when you make the right decisions.
Healthy, clean eating is not about downing bland salads for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Instead, it’s about using fresh fruit and vegetables and getting back to basics. You’ll be amazed at how delicious something you’ve prepared at home can taste with the right tools and ingredients.