Educating yourself as well as your family 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 ideas and behaviours in habits to ensure you lead the healthiest lifestyle possible (well still enjoying it)!
Here are some easy ways of keeping your family favs without losing out on those delicious and succulent flavours!
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 ensures 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 great to spread on toast or a flatbread and it has a similar texture to butter. You can also try making your own hummus, salad dressing or salsa. It is super simple and healthy way of adding some flavour to less than exciting meals.
Don’t Ditch the Desserts
Most kids love cakes and desserts, but they can be full of fat and refined sugar Trying to get kids to stop eating sweet treats is nigh on impossible, but you can make them healthier.
With a little of creativity, you can even make chickpeas or sweet potatoes into a dessert. Why not give raw caramel slice or chickpea choc chip cookies a try? There are so many options for healthy desserts using alternative ingredients. Just remember, that just because they are healthier, doesn’t mean you can eat all of them, save some for the kids.
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 understand what is in your food, will significantly improve your health.
Cacao powder is packed with nutrients and tastes just as yummy as cocoa. We love making our own truffles, it only takes a few simple ingredients such as coconut oil, cacao powder and sea salt.
You have two good options when it comes to pizza. You can make a pizza bread crust with cauliflower, but if is the classic pizza dough is that you crave? Then why not make it from scratch at home and just switch out what’s on top of the pizza instead?
If you want to add a real kick to your pizza, try smoking your veggies. Putting the veggies in a propane meat smoker will ensure you don’t have to load up on cheese or fatty meats to add flavour. Try using eggplant or mushroom as they hold a lot of flavour and texture.
Can’t Give Up Mac and Cheese?
Processed cheese is not good to eat on a regular basis. Get rid of boxed mac and cheese and make some at home. You can make a velvety cheese-based sauce with added butternut squash. This sweet taste on mac and cheese is sure to be satisfying.
If you really want to step it, try swapping your regular noodles with alternative types of pasta. You can use black bean spaghetti or chickpea penne! The texture may be a little grainier than regular pasta but it tastes almost the same.
Now you know how to make a few small tweaks to some yummy dishes! You just need to put it into practice and create some new habits. You will find that these habits will quickly evolve and soon you will be coming up with some tasty tricks and alternative all on your own.