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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!

            Featured photo credit: http://pixabay.com/en/users/cegoh-94852/ via pixabay.com

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            Last Updated on March 13, 2019

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

            You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

            Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

            1. Work on the small tasks.

            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

            Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

            2. Take a break from your work desk.

            Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

            Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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            3. Upgrade yourself

            Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

            The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

            4. Talk to a friend.

            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

            Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

            5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

            If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

            Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

            Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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            6. Paint a vision to work towards.

            If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

            Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

            7. Read a book (or blog).

            The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

            Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

            8. Have a quick nap.

            If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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            9. Remember why you are doing this.

            Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

            What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

            10. Find some competition.

            Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

            Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

            11. Go exercise.

            Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

            Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

            As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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            Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

            12. Take a good break.

            Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

            Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

            Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

            Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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