Unlike boiling, which can leach nutrients from foods, steaming helps preserve them—along with the food’s bright flavors and textures. Also, steamed lean meats such as chicken breast and fish retain moisture since they’re not exposed to direct dry heat. Without the need for cooking oils, steaming can shave off calories from your meals. Inexpensive and durable, an old-school bamboo steamer is still the way to go as the stackable trays allow for multiple parts of a meal to steam at the same time, streamlining meal prep and clean-up.
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