Best Ways to Cook Vegetables to Preserve their Nutrients
It’s no secret that vegetables are a key component to a healthy diet. Eating them in any capacity is certainly better than not eating them at all, but if you’d like to get the most out of your veggies, there are certain ways to prepare them so that you preserve most of their nutrients. In general, methods that require the least amount of water, heat, and time are the best. So, to maximize the amount of nutrients in your veggies, you can cook them by:
- Microwaving them – Studies have shown that microwaving is the best cooking method for preserving the nutrients in most vegetables, especially broccoli and zucchini. Simply place the vegetables on a microwave-safe dish and cover them with a damp paper towel (to keep them from drying out). You can also microwave them in a bowl topped with a plate.
- Steaming them – If you steam your vegetables in a steamer basket (so that they don’t sit in water), they’ll hold onto most of their nutrients. Bring some water to a boil, and then add the vegetables to the steamer basket, cooking them until they’re tender.
Some studies have also shown that eating vegetables with fat makes it easier for your body to absorb the nutrients, so you may want to toss your veggies in a little olive oil before you serve them. Sprinkle them with herbs and a bit of salt and pepper to enhance their flavor even more.
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