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Bump Up the Flavor

2014-09-08 |

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Ready to spice up your life in the kitchen? Cooking isn’t just satisfying to your stomach, it’s also a great way to release stress, mend a broken heart and ease anxiety. If you enjoy cooking or baking, learn how to cook to better your health.

Spice Things Up: It’s easy to add nutritional value to your food. Avoid using salt, but add in other herbs and spices. Use naturally sweet foods instead of sugar, and replace bad fats with good fats such as avocado, milk, nuts, and olive oil. Buy lean meats, and drain fat from ground meats to make the meal healthier. These tips will help you to maintain a healthy diet and delight your taste buds in the process.

Take a Class: Cooking classes are great ways to get out of the house, enjoy food and hang out with people who enjoy eating as much as you.  Not only will you learn to cook, you can also learn some healthy alternatives or try something you’ve never had before. The Different Drummers Kitchen in Northampton, MA offers cooking classes throughout the year.

Cooking & Creativity: Let your creativity flow in the kitchen. It has been shown by using your creativity in cooking, you may help reduce stress. Cooking may also help with depression and anxiety.

Cooking is a great outlet for many people; it takes the focus away from the daily grind and allows you to escape. What’s best - when you’re finished, you are rewarded with a delicious meal you’ve created, and you may even uncover some hidden culinary talents.  If you’re looking for goodies to add into your recipe, The Gardens of Wilbraham Farmers Market features fresh vegetables, meats, and baked goods. Farmers Markets are held every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Be sure to buy some fresh from the farm items into your next cooking adventure.

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