Healthy Substitutes

Wouldn’t it be great to indulge in your favourite foods while still eating clean & green?

Have no fear my friends, because recipe swaps like these will allow you to do just that. I got you!

PANCAKES

Try mixing 2 eggs, 1 mashed ripe banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Delicious!

Need a healthy sub for maple syrup?  Try placing a can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight, then open the can and gently scoop the creamy top layer out. Give it a whisk. It looks just like whipped cream only it is full of satiating healthy fats. Add a dash of vanilla extract and BAM! Deliciousness!

Screen Shot 2018-01-09 at 4.03.43 PM.png

 

COOKIES

Try mixing 2 ripe mashed bananas with 1 cup of gluten-free quick oats until everything is wet. Feel free to add any other nourishing yummy ingredients you want (crushed almonds, unsweetened coconut flakes, cinnamon, etc). Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Chewy delicious goodness!

ELECTROLYTE DRINKS

Try coconut water instead! It replenishes the body and keeps you hydrated just like gatorade, only it doesn’t have added sugar or chemicals! If you struggle with the taste at first, try adding it to smoothies or dilute it some with filtered water.

SPAGHETTI

Lots of people love spaghetti squash as a substitute for noodles, but I’ll be honest with you. I prefer ZOODLES. They are noodles you can make out of zucchini! Zoodles have a thicker, more solid texture than spaghetti squash, meaning they more closely mimic actual pasta. They’re also low-carb, packed with fiber and delicious nutrients that will leave you feeling like a rockstar! I add zoodles to my favourite healthy sauces and mason jar salads, I saute them into a homemade pad thai, and I even munch them raw! These nutrition noodles are definitely worth adding to your weekly veggie rotation!

Another great alternative to regular wheat pasta is brown rice or lentil pasta. The reason I love these types of pasta is that they tend to have very few ingredients. As a general rule, I look for brands that ONLY contain either brown rice or lentils. The fewer ingredients the better!

POTATO CHIPS

Do you love salty crunchy snacks? I do! My hubs even jokes that I’ve never met a potato I didn’t like ;). One thing I really enjoy as a snack, or even as a side to some poached eggs for breakfast is homemade kale chips! They’re super easy to make and they pack the most perfect salty satisfying crunch! If you struggle to up your greens, give kale chips a try!

COFFEE

Coffee lovers rejoice! There is an alternative to cream and sugar that tastes even BETTER and I promise you won’t even miss the sugar! Try a splash of coconut cream OR a tsp of extra virgin coconut oil in your next cup of java. Blend the ingredients together and you’ll be left with the most rich and creamy cup of goodness! It’s the frothy consistency of a latte and the coconut will provided a more consistent balance of energy than sugar! (And if you still find that you need a bit of extra sweetness, try adding a pinch of stevia before you blend.)

These are just a few of my favourite deliciously healthy substitutes! Do you have any you’d like to share? Post your favourites in the comments below!