Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult. You can stick to your favorite recipes and simply substitute certain ingredients for healthier alternatives—we promise, you won’t lose the taste you love! Here’s a roundup of 5 easy substitutes for everyday meals.
1. Plain Greek Yogurt for Sour Cream
The key word here is PLAIN. For the love of god, please don’t buy vanilla thinking it’s plain yogurt—I promise it will not taste good as a substitute for sour cream. Don’t get me wrong, vanilla Greek yogurt is awesome with fresh fruit and granola, but as a side to my quesadilla??? No thanks, but if you swap plain Greek yogurt with your sour cream, you’ll never even know the difference.
2. Applesauce for Sugar
To be clear, using applesauce as a substitute is ONLY okay when something is being cooked. Don’t you dare pour this mush into coffee…gross! Applesauce works best as an alternate when it comes to baking cakes, cookies, and breads. Rule of thumb: substitute half or three fourths of your recipe’s required sugar for applesauce (and use sugar for the rest!).
3. Avocado for Butter
Ok, I know this sounds a bit strange. But avocados are stocked with healthy fats, making it a great replacement for butter. Make sure you mash the avocado before adding it to any recipe and, as with applesauce, substitute only about half or three fourths of the butter your recipe calls for.
4. Spaghetti Squash for Pasta
Spaghetti squash will most definitely fulfill your pasta cravings and you can add any toppings and sauces you normally would! My favorite is olive oil, garlic, shredded parmesan, cherry tomatoes cut in half; simple, healthy, and delicious!
5. Lettuce for Wraps & Tortillas
Ever get a lettuce wrap instead of a sub roll at Jimmy John’s? Well, you can easily do this at home too! Buy a head of lettuce at the store and use it to wrap up tacos, sandwiches, literally anything you could ever want between two slices of bread. P.S. Lettuce wraps work great with burgers too!