Yay it’s March! There are so many things to look forward to this month. For example, the official start of spring (March 20), which is also the international day of happiness. Daylight savings time is coming on Monday (we will now have more time to exercise outdoors.) Also, we can’t forget about spring break.
March is also National Nutrition Month. One purpose of National Nutrition Month is to encourage people to be mindful of what foods they are consuming. Think about this for a minute. Do we take the time to think about foods we eat as energy for our body? Or, do we just eat food because we are in a hurry? This month start working on a “healthy” relationship with food and be mindful of what you are putting in your body.
With all that said, cooking meals is one of the first steps in developing a healthy relationship with food. When you cook your own meals, it allows you to control the ingredients in the recipe, which can reduce the fat, calories and sodium. Before we dive right in with all of our cooking adventures, let’s talk about some basic skills. Measuring ingredients correctly is important when it comes to preparing recipes.Watch this short video on how to measure ingredients.
Measuring ingredients correctly gives you a desirable outcome and it can reduce calories in recipes. For example, 1 teaspoon of oil has around 45 calories and 5 grams of fat. If we are mindlessly pouring oil while sautéing veggies, we can rack up a lot of added calories and fat. Same goes for salt. It is easy to over season with salt, so make sure to break out those measuring spoons. Too much sodium in the diet can affect blood pressure.
Enjoy and keep practicing those measuring skills! Have a great dinner tonight!