10 Simple Swaps to Make Meals Healthier
Since we’re trying to save as much money as possible, I’ve been spending a lot more time in my kitchen cooking. One thing I’ve been working on is finding easy ways to make old family favorites a little bit healthier.
Here are 10 simple swaps that have worked well for my family:
- Use wheat germ to make healthy oven fried chicken with extra protein, vitamin E, folic acid, and zinc. You can use a coating of just wheat germ, a mixture of 1/2 wheat germ and bread crumbs, or a mixture of 1/2 wheat germ and 1/2 flax seed. The Kretschmer Wheat Germ website has a recipe that uses wheat germ and crushed corn flakes.
- Add pureed carrots and cauliflower to homemade macaroni and cheese to boost the nutrition of your child’s favorite meal.
- Add unsweetened applesauce to baked goods instead of oil or butter to cut the fat.
- Use marshmallow fluff as frosting for cupcakes to cut down on unnecessary sugar.
- Add flax seed to smoothies in order to provide an extra dose of fiber and Omega-3 essential fatty acids.
- Use brown rice instead of white rice in stir fry to add fiber to your meal.
- When making mashed potatoes, replace half of the potatoes with mashed cauliflower to cut carbs.
- Cut saturated fat and calories by using ground turkey in your favorite recipes instead of ground beef.
- Add frozen bananas to your blender to make a healthy, dairy-free alternative to ice cream
- Use garlic powder instead of salt to add flavor without excess sodium.
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