It’s one thing to be a good cook. It’s another thing to cook good food. And it’s another thing to focus on nutrition when you’re cooking. Depending on what your goal is, your focus may be different in how you purchase food, how you prepare food, and ultimately how you cook it and present it.
There are many different ways that you can aim for better nutrition specifically during the course of your cooking endeavors. You can buy organic foods when possible. You can cut out processed foods as much as possible. You can pay particular attention to portion control when you are serving. Also, you can keep in mind the pros and cons of canned, frozen, and fresh food independently.
Buy Organic When Possible
When possible, buy organic food to help with your nutritive goal. The regulations surrounding the idea of organic food mean that farmers will be using more sustainable methods, and a lot of the chemical enhancers that are present in a lot of food will not be there. In addition to those nature-oriented reasons, there’s also the fact that if you ask people, you’ll generally find that they say that organic food tastes better!
Cut Out Processed Foods
How nutritionally sound your diet is will often depend on how much processing happens before that food gets sold to you or eaten by you. As a general rule, processed foods are higher in salt, fat, and preservatives. None of those things are healthy for you, but they certainly can taste good given the right presentation. If you’re trying to cook more nutritionally balanced food, their best bet is to cut out processed foods as much as possible, and instead add flavor by more creative or natural means.
Pay Attention To Portion Control
A big part of observing nutrition from a broader standpoint means that not only do you have to pay attention to food during the cooking stage, you also need to pay attention to diet during presentation and eating stage. And the big ticket item in that category is going to be that you should pay attention to portion control. If you don’t do anything different except for observe portions accordingly, your meals will immediately be that much more healthy.
Canned, Frozen, or Fresh Food
As a cook, you will deal with canned, frozen, and fresh food. There are pros and cons to all three of those options, but nutritionally speaking, each food item has different parameters that it works with inside those three categories. Knowing that, you should experiment individually with what works best for your meals. The canning process changes nutritional content. Freezing can change textures and cooking potential of different foods. And fresh items can go bad more quickly. So you have to work to achieve the best balance between those three.