We all have our favorite comfort foods, but these meal choices aren’t always the healthiest options.
Fortunately, there are many ways to make meals healthier without sacrificing all of the flavor.
As saturated fat can increase our risk for heart disease, we first want to look at cutting down on fat content in recipes.
Animal by-products, such as butter and cream cheese, often contain higher amounts of saturated fat. Therefore, try to use olive or vegetable oil in place of butter when preparing meals.
Reducing the sugar and simple carbohydrate content in our recipes is also important. Try to use a sugar-free substitute, such as Splenda, rather than real sugar when cooking or baking.
Also, replace refined white carbohydrates with more nutritious options, such as brown rice or whole wheat pasta, as these foods have higher amounts of fiber.
Many seasonings and marinades contain extremely high amounts of sodium, which can increase blood pressure and risk for heart attack and stroke.