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Reduce Oil by adding FLAVOR!

Why should you reduce oil?

  • A woman who weighs 128 lb would need to jog approximately 1 miles to burn off 1 tablespoon of oil.

  • Coconut oil is 90% saturated fat, and lard is 40%.

  • Gram-for-gram, oil has the same number of calories as beef fat.

  • One tablespoon of oil has 120 calories and 14 grams of fat.

  • Within hours of ingesting oil—olive oil, corn oil, palm oil, etc.—arteries stiffen and their ability to dilate may be weakened.

A great starting point for a family that has not fully transitioned to a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet (WFPBD) would be eliminating added oils. Many people use oil to add flavor to some very bland foods.

A great tip would be changing how your prepare vegetables. Many young people dislike soft vegetables. Adding an air fryer to your cooking utensils would be extremely helpful. Consider either oven roasting or air frying your root vegetables. It really makes the vegetables very palatable. Don’t forget to enhance the flavors of the vegetables by utilizing spices and herbs. The tastier the vegetable the more the family will consume them! Sweet potatoes and root vegetables can become the family’s new French fry!

Many people reminisce over their past experiences with home cooking. They believe it takes hours to achieve that home cooked taste. The same warm, flavor-filled meals can be achieved by utilizing a pressure cooker (instant pot) in less than half the time. I begin my tasty soups, stews, and root steamed vegetables by starting with ¼ cup of water or a vegan broth which I use to sauté onions, garlic, celery. Then I simply add the rest of my stew or soup ingredients. The slow sauté at the beginning of the process builds flavor and allows the dish to be packed with layers of essence that will round out the dish. At the end of the cooking process a splash of lemon juice (acid) will balance out any home style stew.

On occasion, when baking, I have found that plant butters, soy milk or coconut milk makes for a rich tasting dessert. Food can be tasty, healthy and enjoyable without being drowned in oils.

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