It's that time of year again, summer! And if you haven't stuck to your New Year's resolution to eat healthier, now's the time to start. Luckily, the journey to healthy eating can be easy and quite enjoyable! Just substitute your guilty pleasures with these equally satisfying, healthy options!
1. Avocado for butter
What's more refreshing than a slice of avocado toast? This easy meal/snack proves that fruit can compliment bread way better than butter, and it's the best way for me to start my morning!
Recommended Recipe: The Best Avocado Toast
2. Honey for sugar
One my favorite comfort foods is pancakes. While these fluffy cakes are usually sweet and high in fat, honey offers a delicious alternative to sugary syrup being lower on the glycemic index and naturally sweet. You can make this breakfast recipe even healthier by making your cakes using only bananas instead of flour and relying on agave nectar or honey for the sweet element of this dish.
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4. Lettuce wraps for buns
Offered at many fast food restaurants like In-N-Out, the lettuce burger is a delicious alternative to greasy buns. Lettuce wraps work for any typical meat-bred combinations such as Asian wraps and tacos.
Recommended Recipe: Cheeseburger Lettuce Wraps
5. Chicken/turkey for red meat
Skip the red meat! Lean meat such as chicken and turkey is delicious and can be just as juicy as your beef burgers when cooked correctly. Grilling these lean meats retains protein often lost in dishes like fried chicken and reduces fat content!
Recommended Recipe: Easy Grilled Chicken Burger
6. Guacamole and roasted potatoes for ketchup and fries
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7. Nice cream for ice cream
By far one of my favorite desserts, banana ice cream (or nice cream) is a vegan alternative to ice cream with half of the sugar and unhealthiness that comes with regular ice cream. Better yet, nice cream is so versatile with several flavor combinations and shake capabilities. It's just like ice cream (but healthier)!
Recommended Recipe: Blueberry Swirl Banana Nice Cream!
8. Spiral zucchini for pasta
If you love the shape of traditional noodles and pasta, you will love the versatility of zoodles or zucchini noodles. You can eat them raw or cook, either way, two cups of this veggie alternative are about 66 calories compared to two cups of pasta which are 480 calories .
Recommended Recipe: Zucchini Noodles With Cherry Tomato Garlic Cream Sauce And Breadcrumbs
9. Greek Yogurt for Creamy Condimentsfat-free option!
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No matter what you eat, food is fuel for your body. So why not use the best options out there?