Health Lifestyle

Some of the food substitutes that will help you slim down without compromising on taste

Here is a list of some healthy food items that can be used in replacing many of the unhealthy foods that you have daily. And they will not spoil the taste of your food:

1. Whole-wheat flour for white flour

For all the breads, pastas, cakes, you will certainly need all-purpose or white flour; which is quite unhealthy and is not good for digestion. As compared to the processed flour, whole-wheat flour is nutritious and has more fibre. While whole-wheat flour is healthier, it increases the flavour of a dish and improves the texture as well. You can also use ragi and bajra flour.

2. Red wine for white wine

White wine is used to enhance the flavour of any dish. However, you should always choose red wine for cooking, if available! Reason: Red wine not only tastes better but is also beneficial for your skin and is good for the heart too. It is full of antioxidants and has anti-ageing properties.

3. Coconut milk for heavy cream

When you add cream to a dish, it automatically makes it more appetizing and pleasing for the eyes. However, what you don’t get to see is, the amount of fat heavy cream has. If you have coconut milk at home, you can certainly use it for your dishes. Coconut milk is super-healthy as compared to the heavy cream and so you must give it a try.

4. Greek yogurt for sour cream

Identical to yoghurt in appearance, sour cream is generally paired with appetizers and used as a dressing for salads. This buttery-creamy dip undoubtedly tastes amazing but is not healthy at all, and is full of cholesterol. You can always opt for Greek yoghurt in its place, as it has more proteins and is healthier.

5. Ground flaxseeds/rolled oats for bread crumbs

If you ever feel short of bread crumbs while making a dish and you know without it your dish will not taste good, you can always crush a few tablespoons of flax seeds and roll your dish in it. Flax seeds are rich in nutrition and is known to be a super-food. For a better taste, add some dried herbs in the ground flax seeds and voila, you will get an amazing taste. Apart from flax seeds, rolled oats can also be used to make the dish crunchy.

6. Almond milk for dairy milk

Well, both milks are nutritious and are used in several dishes. However, if you are a vegan then you can use almond milk in your dish. Almond milk is cholesterol and lactose free, and is tastier than the whole or dairy milk. With a nutty flavour in it, this milk can surely increase the taste of a dish.

7. Garlic powder for salt

Garlic powder is a great alternative to salt. Salt is an integral part of any dish, but extra sodium can also be the root cause of several diseases. To lower the sodium intake in your body, you can use garlic powder instead, which is super-tasty and will increase the flavour of the dish as well. Just make sure that you do not add too much of garlic powder to a dish, else it may interfere way too much with the taste.

8. Vanilla extract for sugar

If you are not much of a sugar fan, then you must use vanilla extract in place of it. Vanilla extract has a taste of its own and is usually added to the bakery products to increase the flavour a sweet dish. It not only has a better taste, but has far less calories than sugar.

9. Quinoa for couscous

Couscous and quinoa both look identical, but there is a vast difference between the two. Quinoa is a healthier alternative for couscous and is a super-food packed with nutrients. You will be surprised to know that couscous is made using processed wheat flour, which in no way a healthy food. On the other hand, quinoa is made using whole-grains and is rich in protein.

10. Almond butter for peanut butter

Both the butters are equally amazing in taste and equivalent in calories as well, but they do differ a lot in their nutrition. Almond butter has healthy fats and more minerals, vitamins and fibre than peanut butter. So, if you ever don’t feel like having peanut butter, try almond butter instead on a sandwich and enjoy.