Ah — comfort food! Whether it’s your mom’s homemade spaghetti, a late night piece of cheesy pizza, or a side of mash potatoes… we know the feeling of being torn on “I’m trying to live a healthy lifestyle” + “GIVE IT TO ME NOW.” + let’s face it — once in awhile you should have those treats. Life is all about BALANCE. However, nowadays pretty much every *unhealthy food* has a simple healthy swap that can not only satisfy your craving, but also make you FEEL better. *cue singing angels* Here are 7 of our favorite healthy food swaps [+ a recipe for each!]. Can’t wait to hear what you think.
1] CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST INSTEAD OF FLOUR
YUP, this is a real thing. It is the perfect way to quench that weekend pizza craving — without those greasy cals. Not to mention, you only need 4 ingredients for the dough + #BOOM you have yourself P-I-Z-Z-A. Try our Margherita Cauliflower Crust Pizza next time you are having a pizza party ; )
If you’ve read this post, then you know that cooking spaghetti squash is way easier than we thought. Swapping out your pasta in your spaghetti dinner for a vegetable pasta [like spaghetti squash or zoodles!] is a simple way to turn your meal *paleo friendly.* While it doesn’t have the smoothness of pasta [it has more a fibrous texture], the benefits are well worth it. 1 cup of spaghetti squash has only 42 cals + 2.2 grams of fiber [9% of the recommended daily intake!] and it’s loaded with vitamins + minerals, especially Vitamin A + C. So get your veggie pasta on + try our Creamy Avocado Zoodles.
Who knew cauliflower was such a versatile vegetable? This is one of my favorite cauliflower recipes — it is the perfect way to swap out calorie dense food for a vegetable! I made this Parmesan Cauliflower Mash for my entire family + they loved it! Added bonus: there are so many ways to make this mash to your liking, whether it’s making it creamier [adding extra Greek yogurt] or changing up the flavor [adding fresh rosemary + garlic] — the options are limitless.
While brown rice is very good for you, quinoa is a SUPERFOOD. ; ) Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods you can eat — it is a complete protein which contains all nine essential amino acids! It also contains iron + twice as much fiber compared to other grains, which can help prevent heart disease, as well as lower cholesterol + glucose levels. Quinoa is pretty much available everywhere now [even at most restaurants!]. If you haven’t tried this super food yet — get on it ASAP with our Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl.
Mayo is full of fat + calories, while avocados are full GOOD fats. Mashed avocados are a satisfying creamy *sauce* to add to your sandwich or burger. Most [if not ALL] restaurants nowadays have avocados + are more than happy to add it to your burger [although you might be charged extra — #needthistank]. Grilling out? Try our Avocado Chicken Sliders!
Did you know that at most burger joints you can get your burger wrapped in lettuce instead of bread? Swapping for the lettuce will not only cut your meal back by a TON of calories, but you’ll be able to get in some extra veggies for the day. Try our Mango Avocado Kale Wrap + you might never go back to tortillas again ; ) [just make sure to use a big enough head of lettuce!].
Alright, while a lot of these substitutions you can taste a bit of a difference in the *swaps* — this one I’m willing to BET MONEY ON that you cannot taste the difference! Greek yogurt is my favorite healthy food swap + the perfect addition to #TacoTues. Instead of reaching for the sour cream, reach for some protein-filled Greek Yogurt [we love FAGE]. Try our Chipotle Chicken Tacos… + maybe even our Pineapple Jalepeno Marg if your feelin’ frisky. YUM.
Morgan [@morgsimp_inchaarg], LSU CHAARG