I thought I knew everything there had to be known about cooking veggies.
Just when I thought having my refrigerator packed with vegetables was enough for a healthy diet, but it turns out the way vegetables are prepared might have an impact on the nutritional value of your foods. These are 5 things you should never do when cooking your veggies.
5 Things you shouldn't do when cooking your veggies
1. Smoking your veggies
I have to admit I love the taste of a smoked or grilled veggie, but did you know that burnt flavor may be carcinogenic? And when oil is exposed to extreme heat can break down the antioxidants present in your vegetables. Stick to cooking your vegetables at a medium temperature and cook them dry, then add some olive oil when they are already cooked.
2. You get rid of good parts
Skins, stalks, and leaves have lots of nutrients that have higher concentrations of vitamins of the parts that are usually consumed. Use broccoli stalks and leaves, beetroot leaves are also great in salads and if you wash your veggies well, you can definitely eat carrot skins, cucumber skins, and even butternut squash!
3. You add unnecessary calories and fats
Trying to include lots of vegetables in your meals is great, but if you add butter, oils, artificial seasonings and dips, you might be loading up your calories without even realizing it.
4. You turn everything into a juice
There is nothing wrong with having a smoothie or veggie juice every now and then, but juicing all your vegetables can get rid of all the fiber in them. Of course, that juiced veggies are better than no veggies at all, but try not to juice them every day, instead, use a blender that can retain better the fibers.