Spinoff post: healthy food alternatives, what's yours?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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428 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Coconut/almond/soy milk instead of cow’s milk. 

Applesauce instead of sugar and oil in baked goods.

Banana instead of eggs in baked goods/pancakes. 

Zucchini “pasta.”

Coconut milk yogurt instead of dairy yogurt.

Seitan in place of red meat, tofu/tempeh instead of poultry/pork.

Mushrooms are also a filling, hearty meat alternative. 

 

A lot of these are just how I cook regularly (vegan ). 

 

Post # 4
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428 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Oops, looks like my phone changed the font size and it’s not letting me fix it. Sorry about that. 

Post # 5
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7179 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I sub out mayo in just about everything (I’ll use avocado or hummus as options if I want something creamy).  I also find when I omit cheese, I don’t really miss it.

 

Post # 7
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3199 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@BurlapnLace:  love ground turkey as an alternative to ground beef!

i also like kale chips or dried seaweed (nori) as an alternative to unhealthy snack foods or chips.

honey or (even better) agave syrup as a sweetener for tea

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I use honey instead of sugar in pretty much everything that I can. I also always use whole wheat tortillas to make wraps instead of bread for sandwiches. 

I also use mushrooms as a filler for anything because they are hearty (for example, I use them in pasta dishes instead of meat)

Post # 9
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6273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i use spaghetti squash instead of spaghetti or you can also use shreaded zucchini.

 

Post # 11
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841 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@BurlapnLace:  I personally think portobellos taste different than regular mushrooms, so I think it’s definitely worth it to try. I love them grilled with balsamic vinegar. Or, I love to make little pizzas out of them, using them instead of pizza crusts. I also like to bread them and use them as the “chicken” in chicken parmasean. SOO good.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

I use ground turkey all the time, hardly ever buy ground beef anymore. For chili, for pasta sauce, for turkey meat loaf! I find that ground turkey doesn’t dry out as much as ground beef…if that even makes sense.

Sometimes when I’m feeling domestic and if I’m craving something pizza tasting, I’ll make zucchini boats instead! No dough and more filling I find. 

I sometimes will use an oil, either olive or avocado oil instead of butter/margarine in some recipes. I also cook like everything with oil. I don’t think it saves many calories but it just feels healthier. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I use flaxseed (1 tbsp) and water in place of eggs when I bake!  

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My worst food related bad habbit would be chips. I don’t really care for soda, or desserts, or deep fried foods… but I love me some chips.

Lately I have been making kale chips and I love them! Plus they’re really easy to make. I put olive oil on a baking sheet, spread out a bunch of kale leaves, sprinkle with Cayenne Pepper (although you can do any seasoning you want!) and bake for about 13-15 minutes at 350 degrees.

I also really love turkey tacos rather than beef. I’m not really a red-meat fan anyway, so it’s also just personal preference.

If I’m craving candy I like to buy frozen raspberries. If I just feel like having a quick snack I like carrots with ranch, or deviled eggs, or edamame, or peanuts, etc.

Also I am a huge pasta lover, but I try to limit my pasta intake to the weekends and usually either have it for breakfast or lunch so I have all day to be active and work it off. In fact, I often don’t stick to the norms when it comes to meals and timing. Especially when my husband is away.

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