This is part two of the blog series that explores the meanings of this famous poster that the U.S. Food Administration published in 1917. The messages still apply to us today, if not more so. This week we delve into #2. Cook it with care.

 

2. Cook it with Care

 

How we prepare and cook our food alters its original nutritional value, not to mention taste, and can add unnecessary calories and fats. There are a few things that you can do to get the most out of your food.

 

Consider:

 

*Cooking meals with healthy fats like olive oil or coconut oil. Try to avoid palm oil.

 

*Eating your produce raw, or as close to it as you can get. It is widely recommended to not over-cook your vegetables. Cook them just enough to soften them whilst retaining their healthy nutrients, taste and texture.

 

*Avoiding adding too much salt to intensify the flavor, instead try adding spices, herbs and healthy oils for flavor. Likewise, to add more sweetness without overdoing the sugar, try adding naturally sweet foods like peppers, yams and fruits.