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5 Hacks To Make Fried Food Healthier

5 Hacks To Make Fried Food Healthier

There is no doubt that fried foods are among the most popular types of food in America. Whether it is fried chicken, or french fries, everyone has at least one guilty fried pleasure.

Although frying foods can certainly make them taste a lot better, it also has the potential to make the nutritional value decrease, if not prepared correctly. If you are looking to eat healthier, without sacrificing eating fried foods, be sure to follow these hacks.

1. Use olive oil.

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    Olive oil is probably the best kind of oil you can use to make your fried foods. Olive oil itself holds many health benefits, so it has an advantage against its other competitors.

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    Olive oil is more stable at high temperatures compared to corn oil, sunflower oil, and soybean oil, meaning you can use it longer than the other kinds of frying oil, and it will still maintain its quality and nutrition.

    The best olive oils to use would be Virgin, or Extra Virgin; this label indicates that there where less chemicals used for extraction, which can decrease nutritional value.

    To learn more about why you should use olive oil, click here!

    2. Keep your oil clean.

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      It is important to make sure you keep the fry oil nice and clean. If you let it get old, and collect debris, the oil will start to burn, and it will make your food taste burnt.  Using old oil also means that the oil probably lost its nutrients as well.

      Some ways you can help keep your food tasting good and staying nutritious is includes removing debris in your oil as often as possible and, of course, changing out your oil once it starts to get old.

      3. Improve your batter. Go gluten free.

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        Having a good batter for your food is super important to having a great tasting meal, but how you make your batter can determine if your fried delights are going to be a healthy treat, or a greasy mess.

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        A lot of people probably use all purpose flour for their batter. All purpose flour works well because it contains gluten, which helps stick to the food really well, but it can also absorb a lot of oil. Instead of high gluten all purpose flour, you can use gluten free ingredients, like cornmeal or rice flour in your batter.

        4. Use carbonated liquids or baking soda.

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          Another popular way to help improve the quality of fried, battered foods is to use a carbonated liquid, or baking soda in the batter. What this will do for your food is when it is cooking, it will release gas bubbles, which will help reduce the oil absorption in your food.

          Pairing this method with gluten free ingredients in your batter is a sure fire way to promote a tasty and health conscious batter for your foods.

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          5. Maintain your oil temperature.

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            One thing that most people fail at when trying to make a healthy fried dish is making sure the oil temperature is right where it is supposed to be. The ideal temperature for fry oil is anywhere between 325°F-400°F.

            If your fry oil is not hot enough, your food will not cook as fast as it should, and it has a lot more time to soak up more of the oil. If you cook it too hot, it can cause your fry oil to burn and smoke, which will not only make your food taste terrible, but it is also a major safety risk.

            Some other quick tips to keep in mind is to always try to use a deep fryer, rather than a pan. This will decrease safety risks, and it is easier to maintain the condition of the oil.

            Also, always allow your food to sit on a bed of paper towels, or something to help soak up the excess oil on the exterior.  Remember, you don’t have to give up fried foods to eat healthy, you just have to know how to do it right!

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            Last Updated on December 2, 2018

            How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

            How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

            Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

            The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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            The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

            Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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            Review Your Past Flow

            Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

            Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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            Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

            Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

            Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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            Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

            Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

            We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

            Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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