This is a guest post from our friend, Britt from The Nut Butter Hub.
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. First, you should toss your sweet potato wedges in a bag with olive oil and semolina. This coating with ensures you get a crispy oven chip every time. You can also try using a healthy oil like coconut to help reduce your cholesterol levels.
Love a Cosy Sunday Roast Dinner?
There is nothing like having the family together for a roast meal on a Sunday. For some families it is a traditional for others it’s a reason to eat themselves silly! There is no need to abandon this cozy ritual to eat well, you just need to think of some yummy alternatives.
Why not try some honey carrots in the microwave, or homemade crispy sweet potato chips instead of the usual heavy fare? We have even tried smoked beef roast rather than the usual option which sits in oil to cook!
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 in a food processor for a minute. You will find that the texture is very similar to rice. Use 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!
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, will 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.
Sweet Dreams Are Made of Cheese
Whether it is salty, creamy, stinky or sharp we all have our favourite cheese. A pastime we couldn’t dream of giving up!
Have you ever made a cake and thought twice about having a third piece when you remember the two cups of sugar in it as well as the stick of butter! Well what if you could make your own cheese, then you will know how milk, cream and salt your consuming!
Start off with something easy like ricotta, all need is some milk, salt and a cheese bag (can’t find one, just make you own). You will be eating delicious combination like blueberries and ricotta on sourdough or spinach and ricotta ravioli in no time!
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.
Love pizza? Don’t worry you don’t have to give it up! Just like anything, when you make it yourself you know exactly what is in, therefore you know exactly what you’re putting into your body. Did you know a popular pizza chain need over 14 ingredients just to make the base!
All you need to do is make your own pizza dough and just make some changes to the topping. So, to get started, make your homemade pizza dough, this dough has all of 5 ingredients and it is how the Italians do it!
We All Scream for Healthy Ice Scream
We all love ice-cream, but if you have ever brought a tub and ‘accidently’ finished the whole tub, this can help. If you see some brown bananas at the shop or have some, don’t throw them out, peel and freeze them now! When your ready for some yummy ice-cream grab them out and throw them in the blender for 1 min -2 mins. You will find it turns into fluffy banana ice cream in no time!
It is delicious on its own, but you can add anything you love in ice-cream. You could throw in some blueberries, coconut milk or mint. You won’t believe how similar the consistency and taste is to ice cream!
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 ideas and behaviors in habits to ensure you lead the healthiest lifestyle possible (well still enjoying it)!
Brittnay is an Australian who is passionate about her health and her family, you will find her healthy and delicious recipes on The Nut Butter Hub