healthy recipe substitutions

With the start of the new year, many of us are in post-holiday recovery mode. Perhaps we overindulged at one too many holiday parties, or had one too many cocktails on more evenings that we should. Regardless of your reason, let’s work on a fresh start, and let’s do it together! I’ve put together a list of my favorite recipe tips, tricks and healthy hacks to share with y’all – and if you have any please feel free to share in the comments! Cheers to good health :)

Healthy Swaps {cooking and baking}

  • plain, non-fat greek yogurt can be used to replace plain or low-fat sour cream
  • vegetable oil can be replaced with equal parts of applesauce; I prefer unsweetened
  • natural honey takes the place of sugar in many recipes; and because it’s sweeter, you can use less than the amount of sugar called for
  • avocado puree can replace butter
  • bread crumbs can be replaced with rolled oats; you get the benefits of whole wheat flour
  • 2 egg whites take the place of using 1 egg

Replacements {side dishes, entrees}

  • try making mashed cauliflower or mashed turnips instead of mashed potatoes; significantly less carbohydrates, and you get the benefits of vitamins
  • swap out iceberg lettuce with my favorite mix of power greens: kale, spinach, swiss chard, and arugula
  • make zoodles {zucchini noodles} rather than pasta to serve with your favorite sauces
  • bake fresh corn tortillas in the oven to serve with your favorite dips and salsas, rather than reaching for the bag of fried flour tortilla chips

Sips {virgin and non-virgin drinks}

  • replace tonic water with soda water
  • ask for just a splash of juice in your favorite drink; you get all the flavor without all the calories {think: vodka-soda with a splash of pineapple juice}
  • make a wine spritzer rather than indulging in a whole glass, if you know you will be having more than one
  • enjoy your favorite liquor straight up or on the rocks; you’ll sip it slower and really enjoy the flavors
  • make a big pitcher of water infused with cucumbers/lemons/limes and leave it in the front of the fridge; you’ll reach for that instead of the soda
  • almond milk has significantly less sugar and carbs than dairy milk, and can be easier to digest if you have a lactose intolerance

Some of my favorite healthy-cooking sites:

Again, feel free to share your favorite tips and tricks in the comments! Happy healthy living!

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