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Top 10 Creative And Healthy Ways Of Cooking Fruits And Vegetables

Top 10 Creative And Healthy Ways Of Cooking Fruits And Vegetables
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When we’re trying to stick to a healthy diet, it can definitely get boring. Another spinach salad? More raw cucumber? But eating healthy doesn’t mean you always have to stick to the same old stuff.

With these 10 creative ways to cook fruits and vegetables, you can make simple, refreshing dishes that are full of nutrients and health benefits. They taste so good that you won’t realize just how healthy they are!

1. Microwave them.

When most people think of the microwave, they think of easy-cook TV dinners and sodium-packed canned soup. But did you know that you can make healthy dishes in the microwave, too? You can cook nearly any vegetable in the microwave, but one of the easiest dishes to make is fresh carrots. Microwaved carrots are effortless and provide carotenoids that may reduce the risk of cancer and vitamin A that keeps eyes sharp.

Carrots

    Sweet Carrots

    Required ingredients: baby carrots, water, brown sugar, butter, white wine vinegar, salt

    Simply add the carrots and about 2 tablespoons of water to a bowl, cover it, and microwave for about five minutes (or until the carrots reach your desired tenderness). Drain the water, stir in the rest of the ingredients, and serve.

    2. Bake them.

    Baking is a great alternative to deep fried foods, as you can achieve the same level of crisp, delicious crunchiness without the grease and saturated fat from the deep fryer. One of the best recipes for a baked vegetable is baked avocado fries. These delicious fries have a crunchy shell and a creamy middle. The avocado provides many health benefits including fiber, B vitamins, folate, and healthy, cholesterol-lowering monounsaturated fats.

    Avocado

      Crispy Baked Avocado Fries

      Required ingredients: avocados, flour, eggs, chili powder, salt and pepper, panko bread crumbs, lemon juice

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      Cut the avocados into slices of whatever size you prefer. Dredge them in a mixture of flour and spices, then in the eggs, and then in panko bread crumbs. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet, and bake for about 20 minutes or until the fries are golden and crispy.

      3. Boil them.

      Boiling is a simple and healthy way of cooking fruits and vegetables, and it’s a great way to avoid adding fat or salt from oil and butter. It may sound boring, but you can make surprising dishes just with a little bit of boiling. This creative recipe Filipino twist on classic Japanese veggie sushi takes boiled rice and boiled vegetables and combines them into a healthy veggie sushi roll. The squash adds a fibrous dose of vitamin A and cancer-preventing carotenoids.

      Veggie

          Vegetable Sushi

          Required ingredients: rice, sugar, vinegar, squash, carrots, malunggay leaves, pechay Tagalog, salt and pepper

          This recipe calls for Filipino ingredients like malunggay leaves and pechay Tagalog, which can be substituted with bok choy or another nutritious leaf lettuce. Boil the rice, carrots, and squash separately. Cut the carrots into thin slices, and mash the squash with spices of your choice. Fill blanched bok choy leaves with the cooked rice, carrots, and squash, and roll into sushi-style hand rolls.

          4. Dehydrate them.

          Dehydration is another incredibly easy (and traditional) way to prepare fruits and vegetables. In addition to the nutrients from the all-natural fruits you choose, dehydrating requires no added sugars or preservatives. You get all of the health benefits of the fresh fruit but with a more concentrated flavor and longer shelf life.

          Fruit

            Homemade Dried Fruit

            Required ingredients: any fruit you like

            Wash and peel your selected fruit. For best results, choose a fruit that is just ripened and free from bruises or blemishes. Place the fruit on a baking sheet, leaving at least 1 inch of space between them. Let them dry in an oven heated to 170 degrees Fahrenheit, with the oven door ajar. Stir as needed, baking up to 8 hours until the fruit is lightly chewy.

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            5. Steam them in a slow cooker.

            Rice cookers aren’t just made for cooking rice! You can also steam vegetables in them easily; some rice cookers even come with a steaming basket and corresponding power setting. But why stop at plain steamed vegetables when you can make gourmet dishes like a frittata? This recipe provides healthy protein from the eggs and vitamins and minerals from the lightly sauteed vegetables.

            Veggie

                Rice Cooker Frittata with Summer Vegetables

                Required ingredients: garlic, bell peppers, potato, zucchini, olive oil, salt and pepper, eggs, cheese

                To prepare for steaming in the rice cooker, saute chopped vegetables with garlic and olive oil. Add the egg mixture and cheese to the rice cooker, and then stir in the lightly cooked vegetables. Set the rice cooker to the regular rice setting, and wait until the cooker indicates that it’s done. Enjoy!

                6. Slow-cook them.

                Slow-cooking is a great way to prepare almost any food, even fruit! It requires almost no preparation or attention, and you have total control over the ingredients and nutrition profile of your dishes. One surprising slow-cooker dish is apple sauce. In addition to the high fiber, apples are also particularly rich in quertecin, an antioxidant that research has shown to slow cell death. Homemade apple sauce is healthier than store-bought versions, too, since it’s free of preservatives and lower in sugar.

                Apple

                  Slow-cooked Apple Sauce

                  Required ingredients: apples, sugar, water, salt, cinnamon, butter, vanilla extract

                  Place the apples, sugar, water, salt, and cinnamon in a slow cooker, cooking them on low for about eight hours. Add the butter and vanilla extract, allow the sauce to cool, and enjoy.

                  7. Blanch them.

                  Blanching not only maximizes the health benefits by preserving the vitamins and minerals of fresh vegetables, but it also removes any bitterness and gives veggies a nice pop of color. To blanch any vegetable, simply place it in boiling water for a short time (usually around one minute), remove, and immediately place into an ice bath to cool.

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                  Green Beans

                    Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic

                    Required ingredients: green beans, garlic, olive oil, butter, red pepper flakes, lemon

                    Blanch the fresh green beans in a pot of salted water. Lightly heat butter with the garlic and spices, and the pour the sauce over the blanched green beans. Top with lemon zest, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

                    8. Pickle them.

                    Pickles may not seem healthy right away, but fermentation actually increases the probiotic content of vegetables. Keep in mind that naturally fermented pickles (ones that are not based on vinegar) are much higher in probiotics than quick, vinegar-based pickles. Cucumbers may be the most commonly eaten pickled food, but beets are another great vegetable to pickle due to their high potassium, folate, and fiber.

                    Pickles

                      Fermented Beets with Ginger and Orange

                      Required ingredients: beets, fresh ginger, vegetable starter culture, orange, honey, pickling spice

                      Mix vegetable starter culture with honey, and pour over the beets, ginger, orange, and pickling spice in a mason jar. Add enough water to cover the vegetables, and allow them to ferment at room temperature for about one week.

                      9. Roast them.

                      Once an underappreciated food (and not just by children!), brussel sprouts have recently started to receive their due praise. High in vitamins C, A, and K, Brussel sprouts are also packed with antioxidants that help promote healthy blood flow.

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                      Brussel sprouts

                        Roasted Brussel Sprouts

                        Required ingredients: Brussel sprouts, olive oil, salt and pepper

                        Remove any brown or yellow parts from the Brussel sprouts, and mix them well with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast them on a sheet pan for about 40 minutes, stirring them as desired for even cooking.

                        10. Don’t cook them.

                        The easiest way to cook fruits and vegetables is, well, not cooking them! Eating raw foods preserves all of the natural vitamins and minerals in the ftuirs and vegetables and prevents the mess of pots and pans. Plus – eating raw isn’t just about baby carrots and hummus. This soup recipe is 100% raw, giving you all of the lutein, vitamin K, and iron of fresh spinach.

                        Spinach

                          Cream of Spinach Soup

                          Required ingredients: spinach leaves, cucumber, tomato, water, avocado, garlic, soy sauce, sea salt, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, olive oil

                          This recipe requires just one step: blend everything together in a food processor, and serve! Lightly heat the soup on the stove if you prefer a warmed version.

                          Need more healthy recipes? Try out these 8 recipes for a quick and effortless lunch.

                          Featured photo credit: Leonie Wise via unsplash.com

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                          Last Updated on July 12, 2021

                          100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                          100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                          Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                          By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                          Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                          83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                            84 write random letter

                              85 use a rubberband

                                86 dorm smell bad

                                  87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                    89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                      90 take a picture of the name card

                                        91 iron inside out

                                          92 old newspaper

                                            93 tumble try shoes

                                              keep a card like this

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                                                  94 soap bar

                                                    95 make a hole

                                                      96 drop the battery

                                                        97 use a coozie

                                                          98 when taking a picture

                                                            use a clean dust pan

                                                              try a pants hanger

                                                                use your cellphone light

                                                                  use a spring from an old pen

                                                                    quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                      user binder clips

                                                                        wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                          put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                            clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                              use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                  use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                    use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                      freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                        use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                          almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                            sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                              unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                  remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                    turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                      for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                        how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                          tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                            place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                              ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                  take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                    how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                      put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                        How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                          user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                            good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                              turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                  the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                    add one teaspoon of baking soda

                                                                                                                                      38

                                                                                                                                        hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                          stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                            the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                              how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                  use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                    to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                      user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                        a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                          rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                            use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                              50

                                                                                                                                                                51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                  52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                    rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                      kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                        use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                          58

                                                                                                                                                                            59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                              60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                  Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                    hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                      use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                        if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                          keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                            If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                              drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                  use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                    do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                      when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                        dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                          put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                            75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                              use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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