Beginner’s Guide To Healthier Cooking
Welcome to Diet and Fitness podcast, a free audio podcast sponsored by Diet.com. This is your fit, fun, and
fabulous host, Lady Diet, ready to give you the skinny on the latest diet fitness health tips and news.
Today’s podcast comes just in time for anyone out on their own this September, in dire need of an escape from blah
college foods like Raman noodles and other microwaveable quick fixes. Whether or not you’re a student away from
mom’s cooking, if you’ve got your own kitchen, there’s no better time to start having fun developing a healthy
diet! The key is to have balanced, satisfying meals and incorporate all your essential food groups to get the
nutrients you need. Listen up – here are four essential things you need to know to get started with healthier
1)First, get acquainted with your kitchen. Make sure it’s organized with all the basic appliances and utensils.
You’ll need a toaster, a good set of kitchen knives, pots and pans, and perhaps a blender (if you’re into making
healthy and delicious smoothies like I am)! You can easily find kitchen starter sets at most retailers with all the
spatulas, measuring cups, can openers, and other things for extremely reasonable prices. Invest in one good medium
saucepan and one good frying pan.
2)Next, make a weekly menu. If you’re dependent on your microwave for quick meals because your schedule is packed
this Fall, planning ahead is essential – plan more complex meals for when you have more time, and plan meals-on-
the-go that you can make ahead of time and put in containers for when you’re in a hurry.
3)After you’ve made your menu, your next task should be mastering the grocery store! Have fun and take your time to
browse the aisles, read labels and understand your healthy options – Choose whole grain items over refined. In the
Produce section, spend the extra money to get pre-washed or pre-cut veggies if it means the difference between you
actually using them or not. Grocery stores have great packaged fresh-cut vegetable combinations that are excellent
for easy stir-fries or as part of a salad. My personal essential salad ingredients include cherry tomatoes and
4)Check out the plethora of great cookbooks for beginners out there! My personal favorite is Betty Crocker’s
Cooking Basics: Learning to Cook with Confidence. It’s spiral bound with plenty of pictures and it includes all the
standards, like how to cook chicken, steam vegetables, and even do a Turkey dinner all by yourself. My favorite
part is that it provides charts with basic cooking terms, shelf lives for different foods, and lists of which foods
are supposed to be refrigerated and which ones aren’t!
I need to emphasize that healthy cooking doesn’t have to take a lot of time and that anyone can do it! Being
prepared with the essential equipment, a few simple grocery items, a bit of enthusiasm and a plan of attack is all
you need to branch out from the microwave to the stove! The new Back on Track Fitness Challenge starts September
17th. It’s time to embrace change and kick off your healthy diet for Fall!
If you have any comments or suggestions about today’s podcast, or any fun health diet or fitness tip, please feel
free to email me at LadyDietPodcast at dietdotcom.
This is Lady Diet signing off…