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'Seasoning' key to healthy season's eatings
During the holidays, many of us look for ways to maintain our health while preparing the foods popular during this season.
According to Angela Griffin, assistant clinical professor of nutrition and food sciences at Texas Woman’s University, a good way to add flavor without adding calories is to use fresh and dried herbs and spices in your traditional recipes. For example, she recommends using low sodium chicken broth with fresh sage and fennel rather than salt when making stuffing.
“Herbs, spices and even citrus zest not only add layers of flavors to foods, but they also have side health benefits such as improving brain health and digestion and reducing inflammation,” said Griffin, a registered dietitian nutritionist..
Griffin also recommends these other healthy hints for holiday cooking:
- Put only half of the suggested creams and other fats in your recipes to reduce fat and calories.
- Serve seasoned, roasted vegetables, such as parsnips, carrots and potatoes for traditional colors and flavors instead of creamy casseroles.
- Use leftover chicken and vegetables for potpie fillings with a pastry only as a top layer to lower the calorie count.
- Substitute whole grain for white all-purpose flour in your baked goods.
- Reduce your chances of food-borne illnesses by separating, cleaning, cooking and chilling:
- Separate raw meats from other groceries when you buy and store them.
- Clean fruits and vegetables.
- Cook foods following the recommended directions on the packaging.
- Chill foods below 40 F. Keep hot foods above 140 F.
Free food safety videos to avoid food-borne or allergy illnesses are available on the Texas Woman’s University website at www.twu.edu/food-safety/.
Deanna W. Titzler
Interim Director of Public Relations
Page last updated 4:55 PM, September 19, 2018