Healthy Food Swaps

By Nmami Agarwal     28-Jan 2019

Healthy Food Swaps

It is a well-known fact that change is inevitable to everyone. Then why should one stay stuck with the same old diet staples that might be unhealthy. Get ready to wake up your healthy inner chef and stock up your kitchen with these healthy food swaps that will make your traditional recipes much more nutritious and healthy while keeping the palatability same or even better. Healthy food swaps is all about replacing the “bad” ingredients from your dish with a healthy option that offers almost the same taste but way much more of health benefits.

  • Swap white pasta with whole wheat pasta – White pasta is made of refined flour that can lead to inflammation, constipation, indigestion and fatty liver or raised cholesterol levels. Whole wheat pasta as a healthy swap offers wholesome benefits like goodness of Vitamin B that is essential for helping the body produce necessary immune cells, convert food into energy, and protect skin and hair vitality and making blood and nerve cells healthy. It gives you lasting energy by serving as a dose of good carbs. Fibre present in whole grain is good for digestive health. Whole wheat ensures other nutritional benefits, like germ’s vitamin E that is good for your skin and nails. So, next time when you are craving for Pasta Italiano, make sure to toss your veggies with a whole wheat one.
  • Swap Butter with Homemade Apple Sauce – Butter is sometimes the most crucial ingredient in baking dishes. It aids in making the batter smooth and fluffy, and many people cannot just do with a dash of butter in their cakes or cookies. Butter is a type of saturated fatty acid that can raise the level of bad cholesterol (LDL) in your blood stream. Just two tablespoons of butter provide a high dose of saturated fat, much more than the daily recommendation. It can lead to a condition called atherosclerosis that can harden arteries and lead to high blood pressure or heart diseases. You can easily replace butter with homemade apple sauce which contains goodness of fibre, Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Apples are rich in polyphenols that boost immunity. To make your homemade apple sauce, peel apples, cut them into pieces and boil them in some water containing lemon juice, cinnamon, and then puree the mixture.
  • Swap fried chips with baked vegetable sticks- Market made chips are deep fried, and you cannot be sure what kind of oil is used in frying them. They are also loaded with Trans-fats that are known to be the unhealthiest ingredient out there. Trans-fats are known to trigger heart problems by raising blood cholesterol levels, and can also increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. When you swap fried chips with baked vegetable sticks, you are serving your body with ample amount of healthy nutrients like Vitamin A for good skin and clear vision, polyphenols that lower inflammation and lower free radicals. They also help with better digestion, aid in weight loss, and keep blood pressure levels in check as veggie sticks contain way too less sodium than market made chips. Just cut your favourite veggies like – sweet potato, carrot, zucchini, capsicum, broccoli pumpkin, mushroom and onions and bake them. Add some seasoning and sprinkle with salt and pepper- and voila! Your healthy swap is ready.
  • Swap Aerated drink with Vegetable Juice – All your favourite soft drinks are carbonated and loaded with too much of sugar. Just imagine, we human beings exhale carbon dioxide as a waste and then intake carbonated drinks. Isn’t it just hampering with your body’s natural functioning? Aerated drinks are known to cause kidney issues, increased diabetes risk, can lead to obesity, and dehydrate your body. All good reasons to replace your glass of soft drink with a fibre rich vegetable juice serving. You can blend veggies like cucumber, spinach, broccoli, kale, ginger, amla and beets to enjoy the awesome health benefits of vitamins and minerals.

 

Over to you-

Do not put trash in your body by indulging in unhealthy food ingredients when there are so many healthy food swaps readily available. Treat your body with the utmost tender, love, and care.

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Pinaca is a traditional Goan sweet dish. This dish is made by Goan rice, jaggery and plenty of

coconut. Pinaca are usually made into sweet balls and can be consumed all year long. This simple

sweet dish is easy to make yet high in nutrient value.

Nutritional value

Pinaca balls are high on nutrition as they contain jaggery, which is good source of iron, naturally

occurring B vitamins, minerals like phosphorus, zinc, calcium and copper. Coconut contains lauric

acid, which helps to increases good HDL cholesterol, also cytokinin’s present in coconut have showed anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic effects.

Ingredients

40 grams Goan rice flour

¼ fresh coconut

1 tablespoon Jaggery

1 tablespoon desiccated grated coconut

Pinch of cardamom powder

Nuts (optional)

Coconut water (optional)

Calories- 217 kcal

Carbs- 28.6 grams

Protein- 1.9 grams

Fats- 10.3 grams

Course- Dessert

Method

First take the Goan rice and dry roast it on a tawa or pan.

Cool the rice and later powder them in a grinder

Now take jaggery, crush it and grind it along with coconut, also add pinch of cardamom

powder. Grind them on a round grinding stone if possible, otherwise just use a grinder.

Take this mixture out and keep adding flour, a little at a time and just mix it well with your

hands. Add coconut water if needed.

Mix well and form small balls out of this mixture.

Nuts can also be added to the mixture. (optional)

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Pinaca recipe is easy to make and come out with sweet results. So, make this nutritious recipe for

your near and dear ones.
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Aloe vera juice
Aloe vera is an ingredient known to make your system clean. It is commonly used in Ayurveda for its innumerable health benefits. It’s high on alkaline properties- vital in balancing the PH levels of your hair which in return stimulates hair growth and strength.

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Amla scientifically called Phyllanthus emblica or more commonly Indian gooseberry. It can be put to innumerable uses like in culinary, shampoos, hair oils and in ayurvedic medicines. This amla churna or powder can be put to many uses like it can be taken with water for wonderful results, make amla tea using this powder, add it to curries, or consume with lemon and honey.

Nutritional Values

Amla has high contents of ascorbic acid (vitamin-c) flavonoids, Ellagic acid and Gallic acid. It helps in reducing blood sugar level in the body. High in digestive fibre content. Prevents hair loss and greying of hair. Helps in curing sore throat and prevents constipation.

Ingredients

200 grams amla

Calories- 116 kcal
Carbs- 27.4 grams
Proteins- 1 gram
Fats- 0.2 gram

Methods

After through washing, cut and dry the amlas in direct sunlight for few days till they are completely dry.

After the juice is evaporated completely, transfer the dried amla in a grinder and blend it coarsely.

Sift the amla powder through a sieve to achieve smooth powder.

Voila! Your home made amla powder is ready.

Store this powder in an airtight container.

Use every day as needed.

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Amla powder lasts for up to 6 months, so your efforts in this recipe will last for long, providing you with storehouse of nutrients and taking care of your various problems.
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