6 Secrets For Healthy Cooking:
Tips From Our Pritikin Chefs

“Cook with delight and eat with purpose!” our Top Chef Anthony Stewart often declares in his always popular cooking classes at Pritikin.

To help you get started on your own path to healthy living that’s also delicious, here are 6 healthy cooking tips from our internationally renowned chefs at the Pritikin health resort.

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The Pritikin Eating Plan recommends you eat at least 5 (and preferably many more!) servings of vegetables each day. They're super nutritious. Plus, you'll just naturally eat fewer calories and shed excess weight. This healthy recipe is vegetable-rich.

Healthy Cooking Tip #1
Ginger In a Snap

Peeling fresh ginger root is a pain, time-consuming, and unnecessary. Don’t bother with it unless you’re using your ginger for presentation purposes.

Simply wash your ginger root, dry, and start grating. Ginger’s paper-thin skin is not only highly nutritious, it aids in digestion.

Healthy Cooking Tip #2
Green and Gorgeous

Healthy Cooking Tip #2

Healthy Cooking Tip #2 will help your greens stay green and gorgeous.

Green vegetables like kale, chard, and mustard greens are delicious and super nutritious, but often their vibrant green hues fade in the cooking process.

Help them stay green and gorgeous by adding a hint of baking powder or baking soda to the boiling water while cooking them.

Healthy Cooking Tip #3
Bean Speed

Sure, beans from the can are easy and quick. All you need is a can opener for instant additions of garbanzos, pintos, and other protein-rich, cholesterol-lowering beans to your soups, salads, and more.

One of Our Favorite Healthy Cooking Tips

Cook dried beans faster with this healthy cooking tip.

But for flavor and tenderness, you can’t beat dried beans. The problem for many people is the hours of preparation that are often required, from soaking to cooking.

Your cooking time will be much shorter if you first bring your beans to a rapid boil and then throw in ice or ice water. Reduce the heat to a simmer for the rest of cooking.

Your beans are done when they’re tender and soft (they should squish easily between two fingers). But you don’t want them too soft; if their skins are splitting apart, they’ve been cooking for too long.

Healthy Cooking Tip #4
Nutrient-Packed Fruits and Veggies

Before refrigerating your fruits and vegetables, wash them. Not only will it help prevent bacteria from traveling to other food in your refrigerator, it will help preserve the nutritional value of your produce.

Healthy Cooking Tip #5
Kick the Salt Habit

Americans consume on average about six times more sodium each day than the human body needs. The result is epidemic rates of high blood pressure in this country. That’s terrible news because the higher your blood pressure, the greater your risk of stroke, heart attack, congestive heart failure, kidney disease, erectile dysfunction, loss of mental function, and dementia.

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So let’s kick the salt habit, as our chefs teach in cooking classes at Pritikin. Over the past 40 years, guests at the health resort have learned how to make their food come alive, not with salt, but with creative seasoning techniques using fresh herbs, salt-free seasoning blends, citrus juices and zest, multi-flavored vinegars, mustards, salsas, and more.

The result is fantastically flavored food with very little or absolutely no need for salt.

Here are 3 super-simple tips to help get you started with salt-free cooking in your own kitchen:
  1. Season your fish with freshly squeezed lemon juice and fresh dill, chopped. Then, seal your fish in foil and bake in the oven at 400 degrees F. until done, about 5 to 10 minutes, depending on thickness of fish.
  2. Add a pinch of freshly ground nutmeg to spinach as you’re sautéing it.
  3. Create your own salt-free seasoning blend, or experiment with the many savory, salt-free blends made by our chefs in their Pritikin kitchen in Miami. Here’s just one example of a spunky, all-purpose blend you can make at home in a matter of minutes. In a small bowl, combine:
    • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
    • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
    • 1 tablespoon smoked Spanish paprika
    • 1 tablespoon onion powder
    • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
    • 1 teaspoon cumin

    Makes about one-third cup. Store in an airtight container.

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Healthy Cooking Tip #6
Herbal Ice Cubes

Freeze your fresh herbs for year-round enjoyment.

First, chop your fresh herb. Then sprinkle into the wells of one of those old-fashioned ice cube trays – about 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped herb per well. (You can still buy ice cube trays at stores like Target and Bed Bath & Beyond.)

Fill each well with cold water, and freeze. When your cubes have frozen, pop them out of the trays and place in a freezer bag.

To use your frozen herbs, simply melt in a sieve or plop into your sauce as it cooks.

Healthy Cooking | Success Right Out of the Gate

“When it comes to healthy cooking, some people struggle when trying to do it on their own. There’s a lot of trial and error, a lot of ruined meals,” observes Pritikin’s Executive Chef Anthony Stewart.

“Instead, make it easy on yourself, and fun. Come to Pritikin for a healthy vacation. We’ve been serving up – and teaching – healthy cooking for four decades. For many of our guests, it’s a revelation how good healthy food can taste. I never tire of hearing them say, ‘This is healthy food? I can do this!’

“And they do!  They return home thinner and much healthier, and equipped with all the skills they need to stay well.”

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