I love cooking, but recently I have lost my mojo and when I do, junk food seems to be even more tasty – Next week I’m going to try these ideas and with my children also on board with this, we are going to choose the healthy option rather than the fast food. This guest post from Brittnay over on The Nut Butter Hub is a great way to get started.
Junk food is great right? It’s scrummy and tasty and moreish, but it’s not always so great for our health. The likes of cheesy pizza, crispy fries and ice cream make it difficult to avoid, but don’t worry! Here are some healthier alternatives to your favourite comfort foods.
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!
Use Fruit as Replacements in Baking
Fruit can often be used to replace unhealthy ingredients in baking. You’ll have heard of avocado brownies I’m sure. Avocado brownies help cut out sugar and flour, and replaces it with avocado and maple syrup! If you are a cake lover with a sweet tooth, carrot cake is a great healthier option.
Don’t Step Away from The French Fries
The next time you want fries try baking them instead of deep frying them litres of oil. When at home try tossing your sweet potato wedges in a bag with olive oil and semolina. This coating with ensure you get a crispy oven chip every time. You can also try using a healthy oil like coconut to help reduce your cholesterol levels.
Make a Condiment the Star!
Making your own condiments can be an excellent way to give your meals a flavour boost. Have you tried making your own pesto? You can to add to pasta, or as a yummy coasting for chicken.
Are you a fan of that creamy butter? Avocado is a great to spread on toast or a flatbread and is has a similar texture to butter. You can also try making your own hummus, salad dressing or salsa. It is super simply and healthy way of adding some flavour to less than exciting meals.
You Don’t Have to Give Up Mac and Cheese
With so many cheese alternatives available on the market taking the cheese out of mac and cheese is easier than ever before. Grinding up cashews is the key to getting the creamy sauce texture that you are use to in regular mac and cheese. You can also try roasting pumpkin then blending it until silky.
Now the only thing really missing is the colour. Not only does adding turmeric to your mac and cheese sauce look good it is also beneficial to your health. Turmeric can help fight inflammation in the body as well as add delicious colour to it.
Hot or Cold Smoking Food to Add Flavour
Hot or cold smoking your meat and fish is a clever way of avoiding using cooking oils, whilst packing in bags of flavour too! When you using your natural gas smoker you have two options hot smoking or cold smoking. Hot smoking adds flavour while cooking your cook, whilst cold smoking adds flavour by preserving it, like smoked salmon.
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 use better ingredients will improve your healthy. Cacao powder is packed with nutrients and taste just as good as cocoa. We love making our own truffles, it only takes a few simple ingredients such as coconut oil, cacao powder and sea salt.
Get Ready to Spice Up Your Life
You can add some really punchy flavours by creating your own spice mixes. You can use these to season your dishes, and you can even use them to marinade meat in (by combining with a little oil).
It’s super easy to make your own curry powder for a tasty chicken, lamb or vegetarian curry or your own Mexican inspired seasoning for tacos and fajitas.
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 idea and behaviours in habits to ensure you lead the healthiest lifestyle possible (well still enjoying it)!
Disclaimer: Thanks to Brittnay from The Nut Butter Hub for this guest post