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8 Healthy Food Swaps You Haven’t Heard Of

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8 Healthy Food Swaps You Haven’t Heard Of

By Divine Caroline

Just because youíre trying to eat more healthily doesnít mean you have to sacrifice your favorite food preparations! There are a number of nutritious ingredients that can replace your naughtier preferences without forgoing flavor. Try the following examples and see if your palate isnít as pleased as your waistline!

1. Quinoa instead of rice or pasta

White rice and pasta are ďbadĒ or simple carbsóyou know, the ones that donít provide much in the way of nutrition. But quinoa! This amazing ancient grain not only acts as a perfect platform for soaking up sauces, just like pasta and rice, but also itís a complete protein, which means it delivers all nine of the essential amino acids.

2. Shaved zucchini instead of pasta

Another magical swap, shaved zucchini (created by shaving zucchini into strands with a vegetable peeler) can carry sauces from the plate to your palateóand add a serving of veggies to your dish to boot. Bonus: You donít even have to cook it and itís a refreshing way to serve saucy dishes during summerís heat!

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9:46AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

Thanks!

11:06AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

yum

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Have heard of several of these, just not the kale chips. I often use walnuts in my salads, very tasty and love to cook home made from scratch tomato sauce and other meals. Organic veggies, meat, poultry untouched by toxic pesticides or hormones/antibiotics go a long way for healthy eating!

1:11PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

I heard of all of these!!!! but they are very healthy, so thanks for reminding! another healthy swap that we use at my house is (homemade) salsa instead of ketchup and mustard on burgers. also, we use hummus when making sandwiches instead of mayonnaise :D

5:34PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

My family eat rice everyday (we're Asian ^^). Swapping to quinoa is a better choice. Thanks for your good information.

8:08PM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

thanks

7:51PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

We love zucchini ribbons with a little cultured butter plusseasalt & fresh ground pepper. It doesn't get better than this. Coconut water has been a staple in my diet for years. I'll have to give the rest a try. Thanks!

12:05AM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

Whole wheat past taste exactly like the white flour version but has double the protein and fiber. I still only eat it occaisionally though.

12:01AM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

The author is clearly not a pasta fan. Pasta fans can enjoy a bowl of pasta with nothing more than oilve oil drizzle and generous sprinkling parmesan cheese, maybe a little garlic. The enjoyment is the pasta only to be flavored with the sauce.

1:51PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

I already use most of your tips, but am eager to try the shaved zucchini and to replace sour cream with yogurt. Thank you for the post, very good.

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