In the last few years, the buzzwords surrounding health and wellness have exploded. Information about healthy eating is everywhere, and there are a lot of mixed messages about what’s ‘good’ and what isn’t.
In reality, healthy eating should not be that difficult of a science. Healthy eating is simply being conscious of what you are putting into your body, and a lot of that starts in your own kitchen. Choosing healthy recipes to cook is an easy and quick step.
“But what if I don’t have time to cook?” Answer: the BSTY Pressure Cooker
The BSTY Slow Cooker has 13 different cooking programs that let you prepare a whole slew of healthy recipes, like meats, stews, pasta, yogurts, cakes, steamed vegetables. It even has a slow cooker option, if you want dinner to be ready when you get home from work.
Not only that, but the beauty of an electric pressure cooker lies in two main features: ease of use, and ease of clean-up. You can add a whole recipe’s worth of ingredients to a single pot and, with the touch of a button, have a healthy meal ready in 30 minutes. When your meal is cooked, you only have one kitchen tool to clean.
The most important part of healthy eating is in the ingredients you’re eating. To start, focus on whole foods. High-quality whole foods are rich in nutrients, and they give you natural energy to go about your day.
For proteins, focus on lean meats like beef, chicken, and turkey. Purchasing ground beef, chicken, or turkey with a lower protein/fat ratio like 97/3 or 94/6 is an easy way to ensure that your meat is lean.
For vegetarian sources of protein, use eggs, yogurt, and beans or legumes. If you are pescatarian, options like salmon and tuna are also great sources of proteins and fats.
Healthy types of beans and legumes include chickpeas, black beans, and lentils, which are easy to cook and prepare from the can. Here is an easy recipe for Mexican Pinto Beans that you can quickly prepare in your pressure cooker.
For carbohydrates, add in fruits, vegetables like broccoli or cabbage, leafy greens, potatoes, and whole grains.
Vegetables add a great source of volume to meals without adding a lot of calories. They also take up a lot of the flavor of what they are cooked with, so you don’t have to worry about avoiding them on your plate.
Leafy greens are high in fiber and nutrients. Preparing them in an electric pressure cooker preserves a lot of the nutrients often lost in standard cooking.
Potatoes and whole grains add the “full” feeling to your meals. For whole grains, choose options like rice, quinoa, corn, and millet. Do your best to stay away from highly-processed grains like bread and foods that have extra added sugars, like pre-packaged snacks and cereals.
For fats, don’t be afraid to add them to your meals. Focus on consuming the ‘good’ fats, like avocados, coconut oil, nuts and seeds, and full-fat dairy.
Nuts and seeds are an easy food to snack on and add into your diet. Top smoothies with chia seeds, add pumpkin seeds to oatmeal and chop pecans or walnuts into warm meals.
The healthy recipes you can prepare in your slow cooker are endless. Add chicken and vegetables into your pressure cooker for an easy and well-rounded dinner. Cook oatmeal with fruits, chia seeds, and almond slices for a prepared-ahead breakfast. Make meals in bulk on weekends, then freeze them to thaw out and consume throughout the week.
Start by paying attention to the foods you are consuming, and the healthy eating lifestyle will come naturally.