Healthy Alternatives When Cooking


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healthy alternativesWe try to eat clean – it’s difficult, but we do the best we can. There are so many additives in food products today, it’s scary. We have cut all dyes out of anything in this house. It’s scary to see that there are refined sugars, processed syrups and dyes out the ying yang in everything – even in our kid’s vitamins! You have to do some searching, but once you find a few staples, the process gets easier.

I swapped out my kid’s Flintstone vitamins (loaded with high fructose corn syrup and dyes, including Red #40) for natural vitamins colored with vegetables. I found that taking HFCS and dyes out of my kids diets greatly affected their general day to day disposition. But even if you don’t have kids, it’s easy. There are easy options for day to day things that you can do to keep yourself and your family healthy – and it’s all doable – even with coupons.

When you’re cooking or baking, trade out refined white sugar for Agave or another natural sugar. The well-known brands all make agave options so you can be sure there are coupons floating around for them.

Do you use butter when you bake? Want to cut out a few calories? Trade out the butter in most recipes for applesauce. I use it when I make banana bread. Same taste, more moist, less calories, fat and cholesterol.

Are you big on taco night in your house? Trade out your sour cream for plain greek yogurt. I know you’re turning up your nose. It sounds ridiculous. It’s actually delicious when you add it to the flavors that you usually incorporate into tacos or similar foods. There are always coupons available for greek yogurt – many times you can score it free or close to free!

Are you big on sandwiches for lunch? We love turkey in this house. Try fresh avocado spread on your sandwiches instead of mayonnaise. It will give you better flavor, more nutrients and (I think) taste better than mayonnaise. Mayo lasts for over a year in a cabinet or in a fridge. Avocado has a shelf life of about a day once it’s sliced – just think about the processing involved to have something last a year or more.

If you want to eat a bit cleaner, but don’t know where to start, there are tons of resources to help you. Start small. Integrate one small change at a time and it will be easier to adjust to, and your body will thank you for it!

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