FODD SWAPS: Maintaining a healthy diet isn’t always the easiest thing to do in the world. However, it doesn’t have to be as difficult or unattainable. Believe it or not, incorporating healthy foods into our daily diets can be surprisingly simple and taste scrumptiously good. I’ve put together some of favourite ways to make healthy food swaps, you and the kids will never know the difference!
Don’t Give Up Mac and Cheese
With so many cheese alternatives available on the market taking the cheese out of mac and cheese is super easier. Many foodies find, grinding up cashews is the key to getting the creamy sauce texture that you are used to in regular mac and cheese. You can also try roasting pumpkin then blending it until silky.
if you’re missing that orange color. Not only does adding turmeric to your mac and cheese sauce make it look “legit”, it’s also a “medicinal” food swap. Turmeric can help fight inflammation in the body as well as add delicious color.
Spice Up Your Life
Add punchy flavors by creating your own spice mixes. You can use these to season your dishes, and you can even use them to marinade your meat (I suggest, combining with a little oil).
It’s super easy to make your own curry powder for a tasty chicken, lamb or vegetarian curry or your own Mexican inspired seasoning for tacos and fajitas.
Make Your Own Chocolate Bars
If you find you a get a hankering for chocolate, try making it yourself. There is a huge difference between cocoa and cacao. By making the conscious decision to use better ingredients you will improve your health. Cacao powder is packed with nutrients and taste just as good as cocoa. We love making our own truffles, it only takes a few simple ingredients such as coconut oil, cacao powder and sea salt.
Don’t Step Away from The French Fries
The next time you want fries, try this food swap: bake them instead of deep frying them in vats of oil. When at home try tossing your sweet potato wedges in a bag with olive oil and semolina. This coating with 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.
Oh there are so many options! I love making pizza bread crust with a cauliflower alternative, but if the classic pizza dough is what you crave then why not make it from scratch at home? You can use alternative flours like spelt and wholewheat to make it more nutrient and fiber rich.
To really add flaor to your pizza, whip up some smoked veggies. Putting veggies in a natural gas smoker will ensure you don’t have to load up on cheese or fatty meats to add flavour. Try using eggplant or mushroom as they hold a lot of flavour and texture.
Make a Condiment the Star!
Making your own condiments can be an excellent way to give your meals a flavour boost. Have you tried making your own pesto? You can to add to pasta, or use it as a yummy coasting for chicken, it’s even great on pizza!
Use Fruit as Sugar Replacements in Baking
Fruit can often be used to replace unhealthy ingredients in baking. My family loves brownies, so I’ve been trying avacodo brownies to change things up! Avocado brownies help cut down sugar and flour, and replaces them with avocado and maple syrup!
Making healthy changes doesn’t mean you have to cut the foods you love out of your diet. By getting concious and implimenting a few of these tricks you’ll be on your way to a healthier family!
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