September 7th 2009

Cut fat without cutting flavour

Get clever in the kitchen with these small tweaks to your daily routine. With a few changes here and there, a little goes a long way… away from your waistline.

Slice it from pizza
Ditch the double cheese and pile high with vegetables. Go a step further and ask for extra sauce, giving you a deep does of lycopene which has been shown to ward off cancer. Saturated fat from excess dairy and meats will only give you excess around the middle.

Go for fries over baked potato
Opt for homemade french fries over a sour cream, cheese, and butter laden baked potato. To do it: cut your potatoes into thick wedges and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake at 425F until crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Befriend sparkling water
If you like a huge glass of OJ, mix it with sparkling water for a fizzy refresher with 1 part juice to 3 parts water. If sparkling water doesn’t sound manly enough for you, buy club soda instead.

Grill it
Grilling is a leaner alternative to frying or baking in its own fat. Plus, you look a lot cooler standing in front of the BBQ.

Go for the game
Bison, elk and venison are all leaner, higher in protein, and overall have higher nutritional value than most mundane meats.

Befriend broth
Use vegetable or chicken broth to add sizzle to your skillet instead of huge amounts of oil. Use fresh herbs, garlic, and fresh ground pepper to enhance the flavour even more, with salt to taste.

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