Best Ingredient Swaps for a Healthier Diet

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Do you want to live a healthy life and still eat those meals which you love very much? Look no further because this article will educate you to do just that.

Food experts and nutritionists reveal their sneaky secrets to cut on calories, sugar and fat from your favorite recipes using healthier ingredient substitutions without taking any flavor out.

Here are a few swaps to ingredients of those meals you really love that would keep you healthy.

For healthier fries1

Substitute: Light-skinned sweet potatoes for fries.

Method: You should cut light-skinned sweet potatoes into rounds, season them with sea salt and any of your favorite choice of seasonings, and then bake.

Reason: Like orange sweet potatoes, these spuds are higher in fiber and have a lower glycemic index than that of white potatoes, so they will definitely spike up your insulin.

For healthier spreads2

Substitute: Purred nuts for butter.

Method: for  a dip less saturated fat or buttery spread it is recommend you make a garlic nutter by mixing and blending heads of roasted garlic with cashews, nutritional yeast and water.

Reason: it tastes much better than butter because of that roasted garlic flavor. For variety’s sake you can add ingredients like mustard, lemon, tomato paste and basil.

For healthier Mexican3

Substitute: Use refried beans for cheese.

Method: you cut the fat in Mexican cuisine by replacing half the cheese with black beans or refried beans and then you can use some cheese on top of your dish for extra flavor in those first bites.

For healthier Chinese food4

Substitute: Instead of oyster, hoisin, or duck sauce use Chinese five-spice powder.

For healthier ice cream

Substitute: Frozen bananas for ice cream.5

Method: Just two ingredients—frozen bananas and cocoa powder. Peel and freeze two bananas, then cut into 1-inch pieces and blend in a food processor with 2-3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder for a few minutes until smooth. Serve immediately. You can choose to blend frozen fruit with nuts for creaminess, and either vanilla extract or cocoa powder. It all depends on your taste.

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