Master Healthy Cooking to Stay Healthy and Lose Weight
Ferriss has travelled the globe getting tips from top chefs to help you master healthy cooking and make meals that taste great and help you lose weight. His book, The 4-Hour Chef, contains super easy recipes that have 4 ingredients or less and take less than 15 minutes to prepare.
Tim Ferriss’ 4 Easy Tricks to Master Healthy Cooking
1. Strategic Herb Pairings
By pairing up certain foods with specific herbs, you’ll not only boost flavor, you’ll also gain lots of health benefits.
- Fish and Fennel - Fennel helps with digestion and constipation.
- Beef (or Pork) and Rosemary - Research shows that rosemary protects against dementia and Alzheimer’s. This herb is also a good source of calcium and iron.
- Eggs With Tarragon - Tarragon is rich in anti-aging antioxidants, fights fatigue and calms nerves.
2. Mixing and Matching Flavor Combinations
These surprising combinations are healthful, flavorful and satisfying.
- Olive Oil on Ice Cream - Olive oil, when drizzled on ice cream, adds as much richness as caramel or hot fudge. Plus olive oil is loaded with healthy omega-3s that protect your heart and brain.
- Black Pepper on Watermelon - This sweet and spicy combo tastes fresh and unexpected. Black pepper and watermelon are both great diuretics that help fight bloat.
- Almond Butter on a Hamburger - Almond butter not only adds extra richness, but also more protein and fiber, and helps to balance blood sugar.
3. Paper Cup Trick
Practice this portion-control trick: Cut a paper coffee cup in half and use it as a cylinder to measure and present food. For instance, place chicken salad or cooked rice in the cylinder, press down slightly and then unmold. By stacking your food this way, you’ll shave off calories and enjoy a nice presentation.
4. Update Your Fats
Add macadamia nut oil to your pantry. It contains the highest level of monounsaturated fats, tastes a lot like butter and has a high smoking point. Use it in sautés and stir frys, or to make salad dressing. Available at health food stores.