We have a quick healthy swaps checklist you can use to bump up the “clean” quotient of your recipes.
While you’re working towards your goals this year, we still wanted you to be able to enjoy some of your favorite recipes…but a healthier version of them may taste equally as great (and will be a lot better for you)!
Easy Healthy Recipe Swaps
□ Swap for unsweetened applesauce in a 1:1 ratio (1 cup sugar = 1 cup applesauce). NOTE: For every 1 cup of applesauce, reduce the amount of other liquid by ¼ cup.
Or, swap very ripe bananas in a 1:½ ratio (1 cup sugar = ½ cup banana).
Make a vegan “egg.”
□ Mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds -or- ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water and let it thicken for 15 minutes. Bonus: this adds fiber and healthy fat!
Oils & Butter
Tip: Start by replacing half of the oil and butter in your recipe.
□ Swap either pumpkin puree or applesauce in 1:1 ratio (½ cup oil = ½ cup pumpkin or applesauce).
□ Or, swap avocado in a 1:½ ratio (1 tbsp of butter = ½ tbsp avocado). This tip will help your recipe feel rich and creamy.
□ Swap prune puree in a 1:1 ratio (½ cup of oil = ½ cup prune puree). This works best in dark-colored items like brownies.
To make it: put ¾ cup of prunes into a high-speed blender or food processor, and add ¼ cup of boiling water. With cover SECURELY CLOSED, puree.
□ Swap wheat flour for gluten-free flour (almond, coconut, etc.) (Follow the package directions for proper ratio).
□ Or, try rinsed and drained canned black beans in a 1:1 ratio (1 cup flour = 1 cup black beans).
Have fun with these! And your friends and fam don’t ever have to know about the swaps. 🙂 It can be your little secret!
Committed to Your Success,
Jess & Team Valeo