HOUSTON – If you’ve decided to cook more in the new year, but don’t want to derail your diet plans, there are plenty of better-for-you ingredients that can give your recipes a healthier update.
Registered nutritionist Jenny Ingram, personal training area manager for Life Time, shared some of her easy cooking swaps you must try,
“Coconut flour is a great alternative and a good source of healthy fats. Other options may be grain flours and bean flours,” Ingram said.
“Not all flour alternatives replace all-purpose flour, so be sure to check the package directions or do a quick Google search on the ingredient to find the right exchange ratio,” a- she declared.
“Raw honey or monk fruit are great natural options as an alternative to sugar. Pure maple syrup is another tasty and natural substitute. Just make sure you buy pure maple syrup rather than artificial versions made with corn syrup. Other options are molasses and stevia,” Ingram said.
3. Vegetable oils and butter
“Unsweetened applesauce, olive oil, or coconut oil can be much healthier alternatives. For any recipe that calls for butter, I always recommend grass-fed butter to my clients. at Life Time because it has more conjugated linoleic acid, which helps fight inflammation and can help you burn more fat. Ghee is another great alternative to regular butter,” Ingram said.
4. Milk chocolate
“Instead of milk chocolate, you can swap it out for dark chocolate chips to add more antioxidants,” she recommended.
Ingram also shared an easy treat recipe you can make at home that includes easy and healthier substitutions.
APPLE PIE PROTEIN BITES
-1 1/2 cup almond flour
-4 scoops of Vanilla Whey Protein
-2 tbsp. Maple syrup
-1 tbsp. cinnamon
-1 C. Nutmeg
-1/4 cup almond butter
-1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
Mix everything in a bowl, place it in the fridge for 30 minutes and then form balls with your hands.
“If you’re looking for recipe inspiration right now, I highly recommend people check out our Life Time Digital app — it has a ton of recipe ideas and content for you,” Ingram said.
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