Today’s post is a little different as I am a guest post from the lovely Brittnay who runs the TheNutButterHub. Brittnay posts loads of fabulous food blogs and below is a fab few “Ways to make your naughty food healthy”.
Naughty food is so tasty, but, as we know, it can be bad for us. You want to keep your favourite foods packed with flavour but reduce the levels of fat and calories at the same time. Here are some easy ways of keeping your favourite food without losing out on those delicious and succulent flavours!.
Use Healthy Natural Sweeteners
One of the main culprits for making your food unhealthy is sugar. Sugar increases the calories in your meals a huge amount, and if you can avoid it, your food will be much healthier! But how do you avoid it?
Well, there are lots of things which are naturally, which you can use to replace sugar. You can use honey, dates, agave or coconut sugar as a replacement for sugar in recipes. Dried fruits like sultanas are a great way of making cereals a bit sweeter and palatable. Bananas are great for making pancakes with, they add a sweetness that is absolutely delicious
You have two good options you can make a pizza bread crust with a cauliflower alternative, but if the classic pizza dough is what you crave then why not make it from scratch at home and just switch out what’s on top of the pizza instead?
To really add some flavour to your pizza whip up some smoked veggies. Putting the veggies in a natural gas 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.
So how do you get started? Have your homemade pizza dough ready – spread it out on a baking pan that has been properly floured – brush the pizza dough with some extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle on your smoked veggies as well as a moderate amount of your favourite low fat cheese. (If you’re feeling a little fancy, feel free to mix some black pepper, garlic powder and some of your favourite spices in with your veggies beforehand!)
Can’t Give Up Mac and Cheese?
Processed pasta is not a good thing 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.
Take it a step further and replace your high carb noodles with a plant-based pasta made out of chickpeas or legumes. The texture may be a little grainier than regular pasta but it tastes almost the same.
Use Less Butter and Oil
It’s easy to use a lot of oil and butter when you’re cooking your food. An easy way to reduce your intake and make your food healthier, is to reduce the amount of butter and oil you are using in your cooking. You’d be surprised how little oil you need to fry your food – a few sprays of oil in the pan is enough to fry off an onion. You can even make your own oil spray by decanting oil into a pump spray bottle.
Use Fruit as Replacements in Baking
Fruit can often be used to replace unhealthy ingredients in baking. You’ll have heard of avocado brownies I’m sure. Avocado brownies cuts out sugar and flour, and replaces it with avocado and maple syrup! If you are a cake lover with a sweet tooth, carrot cake is a great healthier option.
Don’t Step Away From The French Fries
Self proclaimed health nuts even like to have French fries from time to time. 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 with ensure you get a crispy oven chip everytime. You can also try using a healthy oil like coconut to help reduce your cholesterol levels.
Making your favourite naughty meals healthy might not be so tricky after all, there are loads of tricks and tips for reducing the fat and calories, whilst still being able to enjoy your food.
If you want to see more from Brittnay her blog page is The Nut Butter Hub where you will find lots of yummy recipes and travel ideas.
Leave your comments below if you have tried any of the above ideas or if you have some favourite naughty foods but made them healthy.
I would love to hear your thoughts.
Have a lovely day
Lots of love