Why You Don’t Have to Give Up Your Family Favourites

Can’t give up some bad habits? Do you love a sneaky soda or do you get the tub of ice-cream out for one scoop? Well what if you could still enjoy them?

You just have to be a little inventive and make some small changes. Have you ever tried frozen banana in the blender? Well it is a game changer, tastes exactly like ice-cream! Your going to learn to make some simple changes that will have you eating healthy in no time.

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 significant 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.

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 a great to spread on toast or a flatbread and is has a similar texture to butter. You can also try making your own hummus, salad dressing or salsa. It is super simply and healthy way of adding some flavour to less than exciting meals.

Use Less Butter and Oil

It’s easy to use a lot of oil and butter when you’re cooking your food. 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.

DIY Pizza

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?

To really add some flavour to your pizza whip up some smoked 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.

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!)

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. Some healthy dessert recipes are so crafty, you can hardly taste the difference

With a little of creativity, you can even make chickpeas or sweet potatoes into a dessert. Why not give Chickpea Blondies or Beet Berry Coconut Chia Pudding 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.

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.  

Ditch the Chippie

Do you crave usually chips? Well don’t worry we have that covered Slice up some potatoes, you can make them real thin or even leave them chunky; be liberal about it!

Throw then in a plastic bag drizzle in a little bit of organic extra virgin olive oil and half a cup of semolina and shake. Lay then out evenly on a tray and place them in the oven to bake until golden brown. The semolina will ensure you end up with super crunchy chips.

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.

 

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Britt Bailey
My name is Brittnay, I am no longer your typical Australian living in London, my partner and I now live in Melbourne. Being back in Australia has been wonderful for our family. I love ensuring that our family is living a healthy lifestyle, we enjoy exploring our own backyard in our campervan.
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