If you’re ready to get serious about adopting a healthier lifestyle, one of the first things anyone will tell you is to start cooking for yourself. Not only will it save you money, but home cooking allows you to monitor what actually goes into your food — and crucially avoid the excess oils, sugar and salt hidden in restaurant and takeout meals.
But one of the biggest misconceptions people have about eating healthy is that it has to be boring. When people think of a healthy meal, very often what comes to mind are foods lacking flavour and fun: steamed veggies, grilled chicken breast, and plain yogurt, among others. Sure, these types of foods may help you lose weight, but bland, tasteless meals will not set you up for success in maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the long-term.
Cooking Light is filled with fresh, creative ideas to keep your meals exciting, and ensure that healthy food will be something you continually look forward to, rather than dread. This month’s issue features seasonal recipes that only need five ingredients each, making them both easy to prepare and not a huge hit on your wallet. If you’re looking for a meal that’s a surefire crowd-pleaser, Cooking Light’s fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomato, and basil pizza will definitely do the trick. Cooking Light also suggests innovative ways to prepare summer meals, as evidenced in their recipe for Seared Tuna with Eggplant and Edamame — not the typical recipe you might think of at the drop of a hat.
Cooking Light knows that their busy, on-the-go readers would benefit from a way to plan healthy meals in advance. The magazine’s website has a highly useful “drag and drop” meal planning feature, which gives you the option to drag editors’ favourite recipes into a personalized weekly schedule. What might a typical week look like? On Monday, you could be having Spicy Chicken Shawarma, followed by Italian Meatball Sliders on Tuesday, Maple Glazed Salmon on Wednesday, Loaded Potato Soup on Thursday, and with the grand finale of Kale and Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese on Friday.
If this got your attention — and made you a little hungry — you’ll be happy to know that Cooking Light can be accessed through Texture By Next Issue. As an online subscription service, Texture offers Cooking Light as one of its many discount magazines available on your tablet and smartphone. Now, you can start a 30 day free trial of Cooking Light — or any of Texture’s digital magazines — before committing to a basic plan for $9.99 a month, or the more popular premium plan option for only $14.99 a month. Each plan offers unlimited access to all magazines, including back issues, which makes for lots of happy reading to come.
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