If you want to learn quick and simple tricks for eating well, why not go straight to the experts? We asked some of our favorite celebrity chefs for their healthy cooking tips and hoo-boy, did they deliver! Ready? Set. Go!More
"I'm a really big believer in cooking with olive oil," she says. "My family used olive oil on their feet, on their hair, and in their food."
Ray was the host of a number of events at the annual New York City Wine and Food Festival, where she suggested washing, chopping, and prepping fresh fruits and vegetables as soon as you bring them into your kitchen.
"If you have colorful foods on hand in the fridge, you're more apt to cook for yourself more often and, therefore, you're more apt to lose weight and live a healthier life."
And make sure you've got stock in stock.
"Chicken stock, vegetable stock, porcini stock, beef stock — stock adds lots of flavor with very little calories," she says.
Alex Guarnaschelli, executive chef at New York City's restaurant Butter and star of hit shows like Beat Bobby Flay and Chopped, is another olive oil supporter.
"I'm a big fan of making a vinaigrette with olive oil," she says. "Then steam, poach, or cook a protein using a non-stick spray and flavor with your vinaigrette — and save your cash-money olive oil and all those extra calories since two tablespoons of olive oil is about the same as a Snickers bar."
She also enjoys mixing it up in the frying pan.
"One of my favorite things to do is crack three egg whites in a bowl and one yolk, pour it into a pan, and make a fried egg," she say. "So you're eating egg whites but you're also enjoying a fried egg, and it's only about 160 to 180 calories."