One key to maintaining health before and after a medical procedure is to ensure that you are consuming a nutritious diet. It can be easy to let your diet slip through the cracks when dealing with the stresses of your procedure, planning for travel, and so forth. Here are some helpful hints to get you started in the right direction:

Alternative to frying and tips for using oil 

  • Make sure that you are grilling or boiling, instead of frying meats and vegetables
  • Use spices, lemon or vinegar as a seasoning substitute
  • Try vegetable oil such as canola oil or olive oil instead of lard when possible
Seasoning suggestions
  • Use cinnamon for sweet potatoes, cereals, hot beverages, etc.
  • Cook rice in fat free broth
  • Use garlic, onion and cilantro instead of oil to flavor a dish
Sauces made healthy
  • Limit the amount of oil and, if needed, use no more than 1 or 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • Make cream based sauces with reduced fat milk or fat free cream
  • Try using tomato based sauces with fresh herbs, hot peppers, green peppers, or garlic instead of cilantro
Trim the Fat
  • Trim fat from meat before preparing
  • Make sure to choose extra lean cuts
  • Refrigerate soups or stews after cooking, then spoon off the fat that rises to the top
  • Switch to reduced fat or fat free milk
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