Thanks to Rubbermaid® Freshworks™ for sponsoring this collection of tips for eating better.
Want to make your favorite foods better for you without giving them up completely? Try some of these easy tips to make your recipes healthier!
Most of us know that we could eat healthier, but it’s so hard to make a major lifestyle change. I don’t eat terribly, but I love big portions, dessert after dinner, and lots of meat and cheese. I know I should alter some habits, but I love to eat. LOVE IT. If a diet or eating style makes me feel like I’m going to have to give up my favorite foods or go hungry, I lose interest real quick.
Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to make your diet healthier without giving up all the foods you love. I’m going to share some tips I use to add in extra good stuff and take out some bad stuff while still enjoying my favorite recipes. I hope that by the end of the list, you’ll be fired up to make your recipes healthier too!
Add in extra vegetables.
Pretty much any savory recipe has room for more vegetables. Add cauliflower to your chicken spaghetti. Stir pumpkin into your etouffee. Mix cucumber into your salsa. There are so many ways to incorporate more vegetables into your recipes, and your body will thank you for the additional vitamins, minerals, and fiber. To make sure you always have fresh vegetables on hand to use in recipes, keep your produce fresh in Rubbermaid® Freshworks™ containers! These produce savers keep vegetables and fruits fresher up to 80% longer than store packaging, and they are essential for storing your farmer’s market finds that don’t come in any packaging at all.
Use healthy oils.
I have know for a while about saturated and trans fats being bad and unsaturated fats being better, but I only recently found out about polyunsaturated vs. monounsaturated fats. Apparently not all unsaturated fat is created equal! Both kinds of unsaturated fats can help lower your cholesterol and promote heart health, but polyunsaturated fats can also help raise your good cholesterol levels. (source: sfgate.com) I have started using a lot less butter and more olive and safflower oils in my recipes to try to get more of the good and less of the bad when it comes to types of fats.
Eat fruit for snacks.
OK, this isn’t exactly a tip about making recipes healthier, but it is a good tip for getting your recommended daily servings of fruits! It’s harder for me to sneak fruit into my recipes than vegetables, so I just try to always eat fruit at breakfast and between meals. I’m loving all the fresh berries available this time of year, and the Rubbermaid® Freshworks™ containers are perfect for keeping them fresh so I can stock up and enjoy them for several days!
Add less meat.
I typically start with a pound of meat for most of my recipes that serve four people, but I’ve found lately that I can cut that in half and still get all the flavor and protein I want in my recipe. When it comes to a steak or other piece of meat that will be served on its own, it’s pretty noticeable if you cut the portion in half. However, if it’s a recipe with the meat stirred in like pasta or a stir fry, you can boost the veggies and cut back the meat without even noticing! This can not only cut the fat and calories in your dish, it can also help stretch your grocery budget since meat can get very expensive.
Use strong cheeses.
Oh, how I love cheese. In fact, my love of cheese is one of the main reasons I’ll probably never become vegan. Still, cheese can really add on a lot of fat and calories when you add a cup or more to a recipe. One way I’ve been able to cut back on the amount of cheese I cook with is to use strongly flavored cheeses like parmesan, feta, or gorgonzola. Because these cheeses have such a potent flavor, you can add a small amount to a recipe and still get all the flavor and aroma you are looking for.
Substitute applesauce for oil.
I use this one a lot. When you’re baking, you can substitute applesauce for oil cup for cup. While it keeps recipes very moist, it does make them a bit more dense. I usually only substitute half the oil called for with applesauce and then use a healthy oil for the other half. This works great in cakes, cookies, and more.
Don’t forget cauliflower.
Have you gotten in on the cauliflower craze? I need to get into it more. I hear cauliflower rice, alfredo sauce, and pizza crust taste incredible but are dramatically lower in carbs and calories than the originals. The closest I’ve gotten is to sub in cauliflower for some of the potatoes in my Creamy Potato Soup. I want to try more with this vegetable! For now, I just like to roast it or eat it raw with ranch dressing for an anytime snack. This is another great one to keep stocked in your fridge in your Freshworks™ containers to always have on hand.
Ready to make recipes healthier?
Was this helpful? I hope so! Now go make a veggie-loaded pizza with cauliflower crust and rejoice in how healthy you are while still getting your pizza fix. I’m going to go snack on some fresh berries while baking applesauce brownies. Let’s meet back here tomorrow!
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