You often read and hear that steaming your veg is the healthiest way to cook them, but I wanted to find out why, so that is exactly what I did. I then thought it would be a good idea to write my findings down and share them with you lovely lot. So here they are…
1. Less Fat
Steaming veg means you don’t need to use any oils, which also means less fat! Always a bonus if you ask me! Veg are a pretty low fat option anyway so steaming them makes them even more of a good choice.
2. Preserves the fibre, colour and flavour of vegetables
Steaming veg helps to keep them as close to their natural, raw state as possible while still being cooked and warm throughout.
Keeping veg in this state helps to retain their original colour, taste, juices and freshness. Now who doesn’t love a bright coloured bit of carrot instead of an off coloured mushy mess?
3. Retains the vitamins and minerals
If you boil veg too much they can loose a lot of their vitamins and minerals.
Steaming ensures that vitamins such as vitamin B, riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, biotin, B12, pantothenic acid and vitamin C, as well as minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc are retained.
To steam my veg I use the Joseph Joseph nest steamer, which not only looks ace but it is perfect for steaming small portions which need different cooking times.
**This product was gifted to me to try and review by Joseph Joseph, but the opinions and photos are my own