Mitzi Dulan: How to Make Recipes Even Healthier

| by Mitzi Dulan

When we commit ourselves to eating healthier, a list of our favorite foods may automatically appear that we believe we should eliminated from our diet.  Which explains why when cravings appear, those foods are often the first ones we want!  With some easy adjustments, it’s possible to have your favorites and eat healthy, too!

Here’s how:

  1. Add veggies. Chances are your favorite dish may overlook veggies. Why not toss some into your next pasta, pizza or omelet? Besides providing us with important vitamins and minerals, they add texture and color to food making it more appetizing.
  2. Go whole…whole grains that is! Not too long ago, it was a challenge to find whole grains in the supermarket.  Now they’re everywhere.  Whole grains are a great source of fiber that helps keep you fuller longer and can lower cholesterol!  Love grilled cheese, have it on whole wheat. Love sushi? Get brown rice instead of white.
  3. Go Greek. Instead of heavy cream or regular yogurt, go Greek. Greek yogurt can be used in a variety of recipes that call for sour cream and can even be used in cream soups. The good news is you get over twice the protein of regular yogurt and much less sugar.
  4. Grill it! Summer is almost here and BBQs come with it. Limit the amount of foods you fry and try grilling them for great taste without the added fat. Like french fries? Grill some sweet potatoes. Haven’t had kabobs in a while? Get some skewers and alternate between your favorite meats or chicken and veggies for a balanced meal.

These simple tips will allow you to lighten up your favorite recipes without sacrificing flavor!

Research assistance provided by Jessica Bennett

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