Can’t give up some bad habits? Does your family love a sneaky trip to the pizzeria or the local Chinese restaurant? Well what if you could still enjoy them? You just have to be a little inventive and make some small changes.
Have you ever tried frozen banana in the blender? Well it is a game changer, tastes exactly like ice-cream! You’re going to learn to make some simple changes that will have you 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 litres 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.
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 for the whole village (and you managed it eat it all) it might be time to find an alternative.
All you need to do is roughly chop your cauliflower and throw it into a food processor for a minute. You will find that the texture is very similar to rice. This ‘faux’ rice can be used in any dish where you would have normally used white rice and it tastes just the same. One of our favourites is cauliflower fried rice, the family didn’t even blink an eyelid when I served this one up! Healthy swap success.
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, so just by making the conscious decision to understand what is in your food, you’ll significantly improve your health.
Cacao powder is packed with nutrients and tastes just as yummy as cocoa. We love making our own truffles, it only takes a few simple ingredients such as coconut oil, cacao powder and sea salt.
Can’t Give Up Mac and Cheese?
Processed pasta is not a good thing to eat on a regular basis. Get rid of boxed mac and cheese and make some at home. You can make a velvety cheese-based sauce with added butternut squash. This sweet taste on mac and 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 and will make you feel great.
You have two good options when it comes to pizza. You can make a pizza bread crust with cauliflower or make your own dough. Then to make it REALLY healthy all you need to do is switch out your toppings.
To really add some flavour to your pizza, whip up some smoked veggies. Putting the veggies in a propane 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.
Spread out your homemade dough and brush it with some extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle on your smoked veggies as well as a moderate amount of your favourite locally made or vegan cheese. (If you’re feeling a little fancy, feel free to mix some black pepper, garlic powder and some of your favourite spices in with your veggies beforehand!)
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start it off the right way. Instead of kicking off the day with a bowl full of commercial cereal, which are sure to be filled with processed sugars and other preservatives, try having a bowl of homemade muesli as a healthy alternative!
Treat your body and taste buds the right way, by adding in your favourite fruits into your healthy homemade bowl of muesli!
Everyone Loves Cookie Dough
Cookie dough is pretty delicious however it is not recommended by experts to eat due to the raw egg. So to make cookie dough healthy, try subbing your flour with something like coconut flour and sweetening with agave instead of plain sugar.
If you want something else a little bit different, try using chick peas instead of flour. You will be presently surprised how similar they taste to regular cookies and cookie dough!
Educating yourself is crucial when it comes to eating well. Rather than denying yourself or overindulging just a few tweaks here and there won’t have you missing out on anything. Turn these idea and behaviours in habits to ensure you lead the healthiest lifestyle possible (well still enjoying it)!
Article lovingly provided by Brittnay, a healthy lifestyle loving housesitter! She has been living in London for the past two years and recently moved home to Melbourne. She has visited over 21 countries in Europe and Africa in that time. You can find all her adventures in housesitting and travels on The Travelling House Sitters.