Post # 1
The other day, Bees were all sharing their awesome tricks for making boring meals taste super awesome. And this made me want to crowdsource more ideas from the Hive: how to make healthier versions of unhealthy things!
There are of course the obvious solutions, like use chicken breasts instead of thighs and ground turkey instead of beef … but other than that, my only real tricks I know involve using frankenfoods that are somehow fat free even though I really feel like that ought to be impossible (fat free half n half, anyone? how does that even work?? how is something half cream ever going to be fat free?? is it giving me cancer as we speak?!)
If you’ve figured out any magical solutions to the problem of unhealthy foods, share them here!
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@iarebridezilla: for people trying to eat low-carb or just get more veggies in their diet (which should be everyone), making lasagna with sliced zucchini instead of noodles is SO good!! I don’t bother trying to cut the zuc the long way like this recipe says, I just do a layer of thin round slices for the “noodle” layers. If you use low-fat ricotta and mozz and don’t put a ton on, it’s fairly light on the fat too.
Also, doing sandwiches, wraps, and tacos in big leaves of romaine lettuce instead of tortillas or bread is delicious and gets more veggies into your diet.
I should be able to think of others cause we eat pretty healhily, but I’m blanking. (My husband cooks 95% of our meals…)
Do you have any good healthy tricks?
ETA: like other posters, we do the Greek yogurt instead of sour cream / mayo / white globby fatty stuff. So good!
Post # 4
@lolot: I am the worst at healthy tricks. We just eat healthy the old-fashioned way, by basically not eating anything overly fattening to begin with. Which works well enough, but sometimes you just want some soul food, ya know? DH has been clamoring for me to make some veggie lasagna (which I have never done) so I will have to give that a try!
I remember in college I made muffins using applesauce instead of butter and sugar or something, but I also remember they were way gross so hopefully someone else has more experience with that and can provide a non-terrible recipe …
Post # 5
I substitute oil with crushed pineapple when I bake. I hate pineapple, so I was skeptical of this at first. You really can’t taste it. I don’t understand how you can’t, but you can’t. Also, honey for sugar.
Post # 6
@iarebridezilla: Spaghetti squash in place of spaghetti! I was really skeptical, because I LOVE pasta, but it’s actually really good and an excellent substitute.
I try to use Greek Yogurt in place of sour cream or other similar things, as it’s a lot healthier. I replace rice with quinoa most of the time now, too.
I, too, am blanking right now, but I’ve gotten pretty good at secretly hiding vegetables and other healthy substitutes – FI usually doesn’t even notice.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
I’m boring, I just skip the suggested butter/marg and use skim milk instead of whole. Lately I’ve been ordering food that commonly comes with cheese sans cheese. I love the zucchini lasagne idea though!
Post # 8
I substitute anything that calls for sour cream or cream cheese with Greek yogurt. It’s healthier and I like it better, so it’s a win-win!
This mostly applies to dips and sauces, and they all come out great for me.
Post # 9
Greek yogurt can be substituted for many, less healthier things, such as sour cream/mayo/cream cheese. I buy the big container and use it in TONS of things, I’ve even added it to banana bread to make it more moist!
This chart gives some ideas of how it can be used
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
@iarebridezilla: Any meal you make stuff full of veggies – that bulks it up so you eat less, makes the meal go further and gives you more veggies!
Also stick spinach in everything. Spinach goes in EVERYTHING and has a higher calcium percentage than milk, so is good for your bones.
Also Turkey works great instead of chicken too.
Post # 11
@annb9: a friend of mine always uses squash instead of noodles, but I too am skeptical. Not so much about the taste, but about the amount of work it takes to cook. Is it a pain in the ass? How do you cook the squash?
Post # 12
When I make a box cake, I usually use applesauce instead of oil. Don’t ask me how it works but it does! Just use the same amount of applesauce as you would oil.
Also, if we make a frozen bagged meal (like Bertolli, etc) you can add fresh spinach to add lots of vitamins & “bulk” without calories! I love adding fresh spinach to stuff.. It has a very mild flavor & is super healthy. It’s excellent in everything. Omelettes, casseroles, bagged dinners, etc.
Post # 13
Lol, looks like we just gave her the same advice 🙂
Post # 14
Fat isn’t the enemy, it’s carbs and sugar. Low fat diets can be really unhealthy, actually. Keep the healthy fats, and just cut out/limit carbs. My friend’s mother suffered a heart attack about two years. She immediately thought she’d have to cut out eggs, bacon, red meat, etc. The doctor told her to stop eating carbs/starches/grains and gluten in general, and she’s been doing great since. Most of my meals consist of protein from healthy animals and plants. Read labels. Are there more than 5 ingredients? I’d avoid it. Eating a clean diet is the easiest way to stay healthy and lose weight, if you’re looking to do that.
Post # 15
Cauliflower pizza – you make the crust out of riced and broiled cauliflower. So freaking good. There are recipes all of pinterest for it! That way, we still get pizza, but we cut out most of the carbs, and fill it up with veggies instead of a ton of cheese (but yes, I still use cheese… I’d never full pass up cheese.)
Post # 16
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
@okqueenbee: Spinach is the ~BEST~.
Ooh, also, there’s a great recipe for health Mac ‘n’ Cheese that my FH does, but instead of using loads of cheese it’s bulked out with cauliflower, and then given some mustard to add a bit of kick.