We all have those comfort foods we love, from cheesy chips to hot fudge brownies, but the issue is that often these comfort foods just aren’t good for us. It can be exceedingly difficult eating healthily when your favourite foods are so unhealthy, especially when you’re feeling in need of a little comfort food. When your day has gone badly, there’s no greater comfort than a steaming hot plate of mac and cheese, is there?
The good news is that you can continue to enjoy your favourite comfort foods by giving them a healthy makeover. Believe it or not, you can overhaul most of your go-to comfort foods to give them a healthier twist, and without compromising on flavour. Sounds too good to be true? Well, it’s not, it’s just a case of knowing how to go about it, that’s all.
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Bearing that in mind, below is a guide to some simple ideas for how you can give your favourite unhealthy meals an overhaul. Read on for all of the best healthy hacks!
Treat yourself to an air fryer
First things first, if you want to make cooking some of your favourite meals easier and healthier, you need an air fryer. These bad boys are a fantastic investment to make, as they make cooking ‘fakeaway’ versions of your go-to meals far simpler and easier, and they don’t compromise on the taste. Whether you’re a fried chip addict or you’re keen to try out air fryer mushrooms, you will be amazed at just how versatile an air fryer can be as a kitchen tool.
Source recipes online
For any food that you love, but that’s a little on the unhealthy side, it’s important that you take the time to have a look online at recipe alternatives. You can often find simple hacks to change a recipe and make it more healthy, it’s just a case of taking the time to have a look, that’s all.
Take mac and cheese as an example; you can swap out the butter and cream for low fat creme fraiche and use that as the base of your sauce, along with reduced fat cheddar cheese. This removes a load of calories from the dish and a high percentage of fat, turning your favourite dish into a more health-conscious meal.
Be creative when it comes to sweet treats
Again, there are plenty of healthy swaps that you can make to your favourite sweet dishes. It’s just a case of being willing to get creative, that’s all. Let’s take apple crumble as an example; you can make the dish yourself, sweeten the apples with honey instead of sugar and make a crumble topping without butter to reduce the calories of the dish.
There are lots of recipes online for healthier dessert alternatives, from brownies made from mashed banana, cocoa powder, and peanut butter to cakes made with applesauce and greek yogurt. It’s worth taking the time to try these dishes out, as you might be surprised by just how nice they actually taste.
There you have it, a guide to some simple ways you can make your favourite unhealthy meals a little healthier.