Making meals at home means that you have complete control over what you’re putting into your recipes, and most importantly, what you’re putting into your family’s mouths. We have put together a list of our top alternative ingredients that will make your home cooked meals even healthier and just as delicious so that you and your fussy eaters won’t be able to tell the difference!
Unsweetened apple sauce instead of sugar
Swapping simple, unsweetened apple sauce for sugar in your baked goods can be a great alternative to cut the calories and create a much healthier version of your next dessert. You can replace it cup for cup and the superfood can also be used as a replacement for oil or margarine. What makes this sauce so healthy? It’s packed with fibre which assists in the healthy functioning of your digestive system, while also helping you to feel fuller for longer.
Black beans instead of white flour
Replacing white flour with a can of pureed black beans in your next bake-off is a wonderful way to go gluten-free and boost your protein intake. Plus, they make sweet goods taste just as great! Simply drain the can of beans and purée them to get the same flour effect. Don’t have any black beans handy? Chickpeas work just as well!
Avocado instead of butter
Butter is most commonly used in cakes and treats because it creates the sweet and fluffy texture that we all love. Avocado may not be the first thing that comes to mind when making a cake, but it’s a healthy, delicious ways to replace the bad fats with the good fats in your next recipe. The ‘good for you’ fat in avocado is called mono-unsaturated fat. This natural fat has been proven to lower cholesterol while lifting your good cholesterol levels over time. To get the same butter effect of your healthy meals, puree the avocado and use in a one for one ratio when following your next recipe.
Banana ice-cream instead of ice-cream
Ice-cream is a must-have during those hot summer months. But during those weeks of extended high temperatures, eating this cold treat every day is not good for our waistlines. We’ve got a great alternative for you. Without cream or sugar, you can re-create the same, creamy, soft and refreshing consistency with this 2-ingredient dessert that can be whipped up in no time. Just blend one frozen banana with a dash of milk and there you have it – frozen banana ice-cream.
Milk or water instead of juice or soft drinks
When it’s hot, we tend to crave sweet drinks like bottled juice and soft drinks. However, such high-sugar drinks can damage the teeth over time and leave us feeling ever more parched than before. Water is the best thirst quencher during and between meals, and most importantly, water is the number one natural source that helps keep our bodies alive and functioning. It is a general rule to drink at least 8 glasses or 1-2 litres per day in order to stay healthy, so make sure you bring a bottle of water wherever you go throughout the day.
Milk is also a great alternative for the healthy meals, as it contains essential protein and calcium to maintain healthy bones and teeth, especially for growing bodies.