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Healthy Swaps For Commonly Used Ingredients

Healthy Swaps For Commonly Used Ingredients

Some of our favorite dishes aren’t always healthy, but these ingredient hacks can make guilty high carb recipes into an extra healthy meal. Try out these easy ingredient swaps to put a nutritious twist on your favorite carb-heavy dishes.

Homemade Cooked Spaghetti Squash Pasta with Marinara Sauce

Pasta  /  spaghetti squash

Despite the high carb count, pasta is always a favorite when it comes to delicious and creative dishes. Swap out the noodles for spaghetti squash and enjoy a low-cal “pasta” dish that will make your mouth water.  Want proof? Try this Spaghetti Squash Caprese recipe from Fashionable Foods.

quinoa spinach eggplant feta salad on a dark wood background. the toning. selective focus

White Rice  /  quinoa

White rice is the main ingredient in tons of Asian dishes that, despite the high carb content, are often irresistible. The carbohydrates found in white rice are simple carbs, which are stored in your body as fat. Try quinoa as a complex carb whole-grain swap to enjoy your favorite dishes guilt-free.  This delicious Thai Quinoa Fried Rice by Hummusapien is a great start or add-on to your health kick.

Zucchini pasta noodles with dressing in a white bowl

Lasagna noodles  /  zucchini noodles

Lasagna is definitely one of the top-rated traditional comfort food dishes. It’s hard to stay away from a pan of hot lasagna fresh from the oven. Unfortunately, most recipes consist of pasta noodles which, as we know, aren’t very healthy. Have the best of both worlds, and switch things up by using thinly sliced zucchini noodles. This will majorly cut carbs and turn this into a totally healthy meal that will still hit the spot.  Try this Zucchini Lasagna by Skinny Taste to see for yourself how tasty these veggies really are.

Portion of grated Almonds (detailed close-up shot on wooden background)

Bread crumbs  /  ground almonds

It seems like anything breaded always tastes better than any non-breaded recipe. However, the extra carbs that come along with the breading aren’t exactly one of the highlights on the nutrition label.  Steer clear of carb overload when you swap the starchy crumbs for ground almonds that still keep the delicious breaded taste and texture.  This Rosemary Almond Crusted Chicken by Tastes Lovely will have you hooked at the first bite.

Giant Portobello mushrooms stuffed with mozzarella and tomatoes

Hamburger buns  /  portobello mushrooms

Cut out some guilt from your greasy burger craving by making this low-carb hamburger bun swap. Using portobello mushrooms to sandwich the mouthwatering beef patty makes the whole meal basically guilt-free…right? This Socal Guacamole Burger on Portobello Mushroom Buns by The Iron You isn’t a recipe you can pass up.


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About Jourdan Buchler

Jourdan Buchler is part of The Path Editorial Team.  She is a rising senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and majors in Life Sciences Communication with a focus in ‘Communication Skills and Technologies’ and ‘Communication Strategy’.  She is passionate about writing, marketing, nutrition, and fitness. 

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