Let us admit: we all want to eat healthy, but our taste buds often dictate otherwise. While the nutritionist advises you to eat more broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, you find yourself wanting cakes, pasta and comforting baked goods. And no matter how convinced you are about the need to eat healthier and lose the extra weight, the pattern seems to be fixed, and you feel quite helpless.
It is easy to break the cycle!
Simply find clever ways to sneak in more vegetables into your favorite comfort foods. This way, you can quite literally have your cake and eat it too, in terms of combining both good health and great flavor. Those taste buds will never guess how you did it! Here are three ideas from me:
- Bake cakes by all means, but use beetroot instead of butter to give them both moisture and that creamy texture. Beetroots are a powerhouse of antioxidants and vitamins. Your cake will acquire a lovely rich color and your taste buds won’t know the difference.
- Macaroni and cheese: go ahead and make it just the way you always do. Only, replace some of the pasta with veggies cooked al dente–such as broccoli and cabbage. A sprinkling of bright red peppers is always appetizing and flavorful.
- Creamy soups and hearty stews offer great potential for your veggies to sneak in. That velvety texture need not depend on the addition of heavy cream or cheese. Aromatic vegetables cooked slowly, mashed potatoes and beans, your favorite herbs–these can do the trick just as well. For the longest time, my mother cooked cream of tomato soup with some of my least-loved veggies pureed into it!
- Pizza + roasted veggies is a match made in heaven, and it’s a great idea to double those veggies and halve the cheese. Similarly, load up your favorite sub with peppers, onions, tomatoes, spinach and cucumber. All of these taste crunchy fresh and contain almost no calories. Vitamins A, B, C and essential trace minerals are awarded to you while you treat yourself to this colorful, yummy sandwich.