I’m going to let you in on a big secret. I haven’t always eaten healthy. In fact, I don’t even eat 100% healthy all of the time now! But, that doesn’t mean I don’t strive for a healthy balance every day. And I bet you do, too. But what happens when you get those super crazy cravings for a cheeseburger and french fries? Or, an iced latte with ice cream and a honey-drizzled honey muffin?
Growing up, I hated eating healthy. My Mom was a total health nut, but everything we ate tasted healthy, so I just didn’t believe that eating healthy could be tasty. When I moved out of the house and into a dorm room, I thrived on Top Ramen and eating out. I was freeeee from being healthy! Woo hoo!
Sad to say, that Top Ramen lifestyle caught up with me. I gained weight, I was unhappy and hormonally imbalanced. I practiced yoga but I always felt heavy. Do you know what I mean?
So I started eating healthy. It has honestly taken me years (and thousands of hours on Pinterest) to master the art of eating healthy food that actually tastes delicious. And I thought I would take a moment to share some ideas with you! Here are my top 10 lifehack video no-fuss recipes that look and taste like junk food but, are healthy for you! Whaaaaat.
1. Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Tasty (who this video is by) add mozzarella cheese. I personally prefer goat cheese, because it’s easier on my tummy.. Look for a hard goat cheese like a cheddar and aged style goat cheese, to easily shred.
2. Flourless (Protein) Pancakes
I seriously cannot believe how easy it is to make pancakes now! OK maybe they weren’t that hard before with the store-bought pancake kit but, like seriously now they are so easy. I like the recipe below but, I highly recommend adding protein powder and baking powder in addition to the 3 ingredients you see here. I don’t know about you but, I need protein in the morning, and adding protein powder is just the ticket. It adds a really nice pancake texture to the recipe, as well.
3. Cauliflower Alfredo Recipe
Fettuccine Alfredo was my all-time favorite dinner growing up. In fact, every time we would go out to eat at a restaurant when I was young, I would ask for it even if it wasn’t on the menu. How mortifying is that?! I am curious if anyone actually said yes to me! Note on the below; the video calls for parmesan cheese. If you want it to be vegan, simply skip that ingredient! It still tastes delicious without.
4. Chicken Salad
OK, some of you might have thought chicken salad was healthy. But when you add all of that mayonnaise? I don’t think so! Here’s a healthy yummy alternative! I might recommend instead of the pita bread, to try whole grain bread. Or even skip the bread all together and add raw spinach and nuts for that extra crunch!
5. Strawberry Banana Ice Cream
Who doesn’t love ice cream?! And I simply can’t. eat. it. It hurts my tummy so much. So instead, I turn to fro yo. Here’s an example of a super easy, cannot believe it’s not ice cream, option! Try dousing it with nuts and berries for some extra texture.
6. Sweet Potato Pancakes
OK I know, this is my second pancake recipe on here but, did I mention I love pancakes?! Again, you might consider adding protein powder to these for an added protein kick. That said, you can also dip them in peanut butter as the video suggests and that also works as a great protein addition.
7. Spaghetti Squash
Technically, this video
only gives you the how-to bake the spaghetti squash but, if you’re anything like me, you prefer the tutorial to be easy and simple and then come up with the main recipe on your own! Ha. But nonetheless, squash can become any form of “pasta” when you’re done cooking it! Try it with marinara, pesto, cauliflower alfredo, to name just a few ideas!
8. Grilled Cheese with Cauliflower Bread
That’s right, Cauliflower bread. I repeat, cauliflower bread. I’m beginning to think you can turn cauliflower into anything?! So here is how to enjoy a grilled cheese without the high intensity carbs. Also, because my tummy doesn’t like the cow cheese, I’ll suggest a goat cheddar cheese here, as well!
9. Avocado BLT
I’m not talking about a BLTA (believe me, I love those, too). But let’s take the bread out of the equation permanently. As in, replace with avocado. But don’t replace the bacon. Never replace the bacon. Unless you’re vegetarian, then I say, you do what you have to do.
10. Onion Dip
Onion dip doesn’t have to be sour cream. I know, gasp, shocker! Try greek yogurt for a lighter, more nutritious option! And then dip cauliflower in it because, you can turn cauliflower into anything you want. Oh right, it was already a perfect dipping device…
The point of this article is this: there are so many ways to re-think old tried and true recipes. What worked for previous generations is probably not going to work for you, if you are looking to be healthy. Here are some healthy alternative ingredients to get creative with!
- Cauliflower – Can take so many forms and is extremely light in flavor. It can replace bread or be mashed up, as examples.
- Spaghetti Squash – When baked, becomes stringy and has a carb-like texture.
- Greek Yogurt – Is an amazing replacement to sour cream and mayonnaise.
- Sweet Potato – Great alternative to potato. It also has a naturally sweet flavor, so consider what you could do to swap out sugar ingredients.
- Almond Milk – I use almond milk for anything that is supposed to be milk! Try putting it in your mashed potatoes. It gives a really nice nutty flavor!