There’s no reason to ditch those favorite foods when you’re embarking on your mission to lead a healthier lifestyle. Adapting the foods you love in new and healthy ways is quite simple, and before long, you’ll end up liking your healthier version more — I guarantee it! These tricks help keep the flavors you love while also adding in more veggies while ditching the ingredients that typically cause bloat and digestive upset.
So you’ll still be getting the foods you love, without any of the discomforts that came with them. See? This healthy eating thing isn’t so bad. It’s even more enjoyable!
Here are a few of my favorite hacks to recreate my favorite meals into delicious, nutritious alternatives that leave me feeling energized and satisfied.
Swap noodles for veggie versions
Pasta dishes are one of the most beloved comfort foods around. If you miss spaghetti Bolognese, try making it with zucchini noodles (zoodles) using a food spiralizer. Lasagna can be made using zucchini ribbons, and mac n’ cheese can be made with cauliflower. You’ll soon realize it’s the flavors we have grown to love so much, and the “pasta” part can be quite flexible without missing any enjoyment.
Change the way you eat burgers
You can’t go to any American restaurant without a list of burgers. The bun often takes away from your patty and toppings anyway, leaving it messy and difficult to eat. Instead, wrap it up in crisp lettuce along with fresh tomato and onion slices, and you won’t miss a thing! (If meat-free – speak about black bean or veggie burgers)
Get creative with tacos and burritos
Generally, the fillings in your tacos and burritos are tasty and healthy. If you’re craving something south of the border, lettuce comes to the rescue again, serving as the perfect vessel for these fillings. You can wrap your taco ingredients with a large leaf of lettuce, or deconstruct your tacos into a taco bowl with a rice, bean, and lettuce base. Cauliflower rice is another excellent option to add even more veggies to the mix.
Create healthier mashed potatoes and fries
Mashed potatoes are one of the most popular comfort foods around. If you’ve never tried to recreate mashed potatoes with cauliflower, give it a try. With the right seasonings, you honestly cannot tell the difference. You can either blend it with a little potato or use all cauliflower. And for fries, you can bake up butternut squash or zucchini for the same incredible effect without the bloat. Parsnips and turnips also make for great fry alternatives.
Replace your rice
Are you missing your favorite burrito bowl? Cauliflower comes to the rescue again. It’s so easy to turn it into rice with your food processor. You can also buy it ready-made in the freezer and cut your prep time down fast.
Cauliflower saves the day again with pizza too
And finally, who doesn’t love a slice of pizza every once in a while? Fortunately, you can make a cauliflower crust and solve your pizza problems in an instant. You can also find ready-made cauliflower crusts in the frozen section, but the best ones are homemade.
When you start thinking about healthier approaches to your favorite foods, you get the flavors you want without discomfort. That’s exactly how life should be, and I’m here to assure you a healthy lifestyle is enjoyable, doable, and simple.