Who doesn’t like food? I believe it is something everyone or almost everyone enjoys! But we all also know a lot of food is not the best thing for us to eat in the world so if we know some tricks to make our recipes healthier I think it is a great way to start! Here I am sharing with you 10 tips that can make your favorite foods much healthier!
- Use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream – this swap will make any chip dip healthier, and plain, nonfat Greek yogurt is a much better source of protein.
- Use olive oil instead of butter when you’re cooking anything on the stovetop. Unlike butter, olive oil doesn’t have cholesterol. In fact, it is known to help lower bad cholesterol while increasing levels of good cholesterol, according to Mayo Clinic. Just be sure to use extra virgin olive oil and keep it at a minimum since too much oil makes for a high-fat diet.
- Use a banana instead of an egg when you’re making a Sunday morning pancakes or a birthday cake. The banana will give provide sweetness and moisture, and it’s a great way to make your dish vegan-friendly. You can also use applesauce instead of a banana as another vegan-friendly replacement.
- Use 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and 3 tablespoons of water instead of an egg to add moisture to muffins or baked goods. Similar to using a banana or applesauce, chia seeds are a low-fat, high fiber alternative that will make your recipe vegan friendly.
- Use spaghetti squash instead of pasta when you’re craving carbs. Spaghetti squash is a vegetable, so one serving can provide your body with the recommended daily intake of potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C (Healthy Eating). Whole-wheat pasta is a great way to satisfy your comfort food craving if you need it, but if you’re wanting to ditch the carbs (and a few pounds) go for the squash.
- Use date sugar instead of Splenda and other artificial sweeteners to make your recipes 100% more natural. Most artificial sweeteners get their sweet taste from the chemical aspartame, which has been linked to scary side effects like heart palpitations, seizures, birth defects and cancer, according to Livestrong. On the other hand, date sugar is simply ground up dates, and it is not processed or refined.
- Use almond milk instead of cow’s milk for your cereal, oatmeal and coffee. According to Fit Day, almond milk is one of the most nutritious milk substitutes out there, and it’s free of saturated fats. It’s also a great vegan source of protein, and has less calories per serving than cow’s milk.
- Use mashed cauliflower instead of pizza crust – it’s healthier than pizza dough and low carb too.
- Use 1 cup of soy milk + 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar instead of 1 cup of buttermilk if you’re trying to make vegan versions of recipes that call for buttermilk such as pancakes and biscuits.
- Use avocado instead of mayonnaise for a sandwich spread. Avocados are a nutrient-rich food that come packed with omega-3s and good fatty acids.
(found on – Lauren Conrad)