6 Easy Ways to Make Your Favorite Recipes Healthier

7 Ingredient Swaps to Make Your Favorite Recipes Healthier

Does your family love a sneaky trip to the pizzeria or the local Chinese restaurant? Well, what if you could still enjoy those foods and not feel guilty? You just have to be a little inventive and make some small changes. You’ll master eating healthy in no time!

Don’t Step Away From the French Fries

The next time you want fries, try baking them instead of deep frying them in oil. When at home, try tossing your sweet potato wedges in a bag with olive oil and semolina. This coating will ensure you get a crispy oven chip every time. You can also try using a healthy oil like coconut to help reduce your cholesterol levels.

Healthy Fried Rice (That Still Tastes Like Rice)

Rice can be good in moderation. However, if you find that when you cook it, there is enough to feed a whole village and you manage to eat it all, it might be time to find an alternative.

All you need to do is roughly chop your cauliflower and throw in a food processor for a minute. You will find that the texture is very similar to rice. Use this faux rice in any dish where you would have normally used white rice, and it tastes just the same. One of our favorites is cauliflower fried rice; the family didn’t even blink an eyelid when I served this one up!

health boardLove a Cozy Sunday Roast Dinner?

There is nothing like having the family together for a roast meal on a Sunday. For some families, it is a tradition; for others, it’s a reason to eat themselves silly! There is no need to abandon this homey ritual to eat well; you just need to think of some yummy alternatives.

Why not try some honey carrots in the microwave or homemade crispy sweet potato chips instead of the usual heavy fare? We have even tried smoked beef roast rather than the usual option which sits in oil to cook!

Sweet Dreams Are Made of Cheese

Whether it’s salty, creamy, stinky, or sharp, we all have our favorite cheese; it’s something most of us cannot dream of giving up! Cheese isn’t always healthy, but if you make your own, then you will at least know how much milk, cream, and salt you’re consuming!

Start with something easy like ricotta. All you’ll need is some milk, salt, and a cheese bag (if you can’t find one; just make your own). You will be eating delicious combinations like blueberries and ricotta on sourdough or spinach and ricotta ravioli in no time!

Can’t Give Up Mac & Cheese?

Processed pasta is not a good thing to eat on a regular basis. Get rid of boxed mac ‘n’ cheese and make some at home. You can make a velvety cheese-based sauce with added butternut squash. This sweet take on mac & cheese is sure to be satisfying.

Take it a step further and replace your high carb noodles with a plant-based pasta made out of chickpeas or legumes. The texture may be a little grainier than regular pasta, but it tastes almost the same.

We All Scream for Healthy Ice Cream

We all love ice cream, but if you have ever bought a tub and “accidentally” finished the whole thing, this swap can help. If you see some brown bananas at the shop or have some at home, don’t throw them out; peel and freeze them now! When you’re ready for some yummy ice cream, grab them out and throw them in the blender for a minute or two. You will find it turns into fluffy banana ice cream in no time! It is delicious on its own, but you could throw in some blueberries, coconut milk, or mint to change it up a bit. You won’t believe how similar the consistency and taste is to ice cream!

Educating yourself is crucial when it comes to eating well. Rather than denying yourself or overindulging, make a few tweaks here and there, and you won’t miss out on anything! Turn these ideas and behaviors into habits to ensure you lead the healthiest lifestyle possible (while still enjoying it)!

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