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For anyone who wishes to change their eating habits and move closer to a healthier lifestyle, there are certain foods and ingredients that need to be limited or removed from the diet altogether. For example, reducing fat and sodium is essential if you wish to deal effectively with high blood pressure, obesity and high cholesterol levels. It is possible by using the right cooking methods, substitutes for certain foods and choosing healthy ingredients to enjoy healthy cooking and good health.

Most of us are aware of the dangers of deep fried foods, but don’t we just love the way they taste! It is possible to substitute baked foods for fried foods to reduce the fat content in favorite dishes. If you bake meat on the rack for example, the fat will drip out of the meat and into the pan underneath. This is definitely the better option when compared with foods that sit in their fat when deep fried. Instead of egg, use buttermilk before breading chicken to eliminate cholesterol. Breadcrumbs or cornmeal can be used for the crunchy coating. If your family loves French fries, make them in the oven and leave the skin on, it makes for healthier fries.

There are meat substitutes that you can use to make healthy meals. For example, we all know how much everyone loves pizza. Get rid of the fat and cholesterol by substituting sausages and pepperoni with peppers, onions and mushrooms. If you must have meat, choose lean meats. If you use vegetables as a meat substitute, first zap them for a minute in the microwave before adding them to the pizza.

Avoid store bought sauces and use ground turkey meat for spaghetti meat sauce preparations. Make sauces at home and add plenty of crunchy vegetables like celery and carrots to beef it up. Turkey breast is lean meat that is an excellent substitute for fat filled hamburger meat. The meat will be a bit on the dry side so use tomatoes and lettuce for their moisture.

There is no harm in having beef once in a while, but choose the lower-priced cuts rather than the fat filled ones. The cheaper cuts maybe tougher than the fillets, but they definitely have less fat content. However, it is possible to tenderize the meat by using lemon juice, pineapple juice, or soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce low in sodium content. Allow the meat to marinate overnight preferably and it should be quite tender to cook. You can also use a slow cooker to ensure tenderness.

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