Recipe Swaps That Make Your Meals Healthier (While Still Tasting Great!)
It is virtually impossible these days for people to not know about the importance of healthy eating. We are told about it nearly every day – whether it’s from blogs, websites, advertising campaigns or by friends and family. Of course, it’s one of those things that is much easier said than done. We all know we should probably eat a salad for dinner, but when takeout is so easy it’s often very hard to resist. But eating poorly can set a bad example to your children. In fact, it is already a major problem all over the USA, with around 1 in 3 American children now classified as overweight or obese. With that scary statistic in mind, it’s no wonder many of us are thinking of embarking on a new, healthier way of living. However, a healthy diet doesn’t mean you need to totally overhaul the current way in which you eat. There has been a huge rise in the popularity of ingredient swaps, where you simply make a healthier version of a regular meal. Take a look at our favorite ingredient swaps to help you kick-start your healthy eating program.
Pasta for zucchini
If you’ve not already heard of zucchini spaghetti, just where have you been for the past year? More people than ever are investing in spiralizers to make their own ‘spaghetti’ out of vegetables like zucchinis and aubergines. Excessive consumption of refined carbohydrates such as white pasta can lead to weight gain. So many people are replacing the pasta in the meals with a vegetable substitute, or at least mixing the two. We do need carbs to survive, so make sure you’re not cutting them out completely. But spiralized zucchini is a great way to enjoy the same meal whilst being a little healthier. It’s also a great way to get kids involved in making and eating vegetables. Many children who would turn their noses up at a zucchini in its usual form would be happy to try it once it looks like pasta.
Coconut flour for regular flour
Baking is one of the best activities to do together as a family. It’s easy for everyone to get involved – even if some of the involvement is just licking the spoon every so often! But regularly consuming baked goods has the potential to lead to health problems. Changing up a few simple ingredients in your baking can leave you with the same great taste, but with a healthier result. One example of this is coconut flour, as shown in this blog.paleohacks.com/coconut-flour-chocolate-chip-cookies/. With 5 grams of fiber per tablespoon and full of protein and healthy fats, it is a great addition to your baking so you and your family can enjoy a guilt-free treat.
Greek yogurt for sour cream
Hands up who loves Mexican food? It’s one of the most popular cuisines in the country and has been brought to the masses via huge institutions like Taco Bell. It seems we just can’t get enough of spicy fajitas, tacos and enchiladas. But unfortunately, a lot of the ingredients just aren’t all that good for us. Sour cream, a popular topping for different types of Mexican food, comes in at a whopping 220 calories per half-cup serving. So next time you’re having Mexican night in your household, why not try trading in the sour cream for plain Greek yogurt? It tastes pretty much the same and comes in at a fraction of the calories.