(Closed) Recipes Spinoff: Share your tricks for making things healthier!

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
9124 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • 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 # 5
9680 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@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 – Fiance usually doesn’t even notice.

Post # 7
1812 posts
Buzzing bee
  • 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
2346 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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
35 posts
  • Wedding: August 2014

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
2587 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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 # 12
2511 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

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
2511 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

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Lol, looks like we just gave her the same advice 🙂

Post # 14
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
13903 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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.)

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