Healthy (healthier) Substitutes for Baking, Cooking, and Eating

Hey everyone! Well, we’re 4 days away from Christmas so I’m sure some of you are about to start your baking/cooking before you know it! I’ve come across a few articles on healthier substitutes for cooking and baking, but sometimes you don’t know what foods these substitutes work best in, and you’re afraid of a disaster. One of my best friends, Katie, works for TIME Inc. and this morning she e-mailed me two great articles. One is on substitutes (with specifics!) and the other is on holiday-food-swaps. Thanks, Katie!

I’ve also pinned a substitute swap from Pinterest, and I’ve seen people share it on Facebook, so I’m going to put that with the swap article from TIME. Hopefully the two will guide you well. And always use your judgement! But at the same time, don’t be afraid. Here you go:

Healthier Substitutions:

  1. Healthy Baking Substitutes by picklee: includes substitutions and where they works best. This is a great post by this blogger!
  2. Top 10 Food Substitutions for Healthier Cooking from TIME: includes substitutions and what ingredients they replace

Quick List of Swaps:

  • Apple Sauce for Oil, Butter, Sugar
  • Black Beans for Flour
  • Mashed Avocado for Butter or Oil
  • Bananas for Butter, Sugar, and Fats
  • Stevia for Sugar
  • Greek Yogurt for Butter, Oil, Mayo, or Sour Cream
  • Cocoa Nibs for Chocolate Chips
  • Nuts for Croutons
  • Rolled Oats for Bread Crumbs
  • Squash for Spaghetti (use Zucchini Ribbons or Spaghetti Squash) (Can also use Broccoli Slaw!)
  • Mashed Potato (I would use Sweet Potato) for Cream (as thickener like in soup)

Holiday Foods:

Holiday Foods to Avoid (And What to Eat Instead) from TIME

Hope these help guide you through the holidays! Enjoy!


Smoothies For Everything!

I found this on Pinterest: Smoothies For Everything

There is seriously a smoothie recipe for every need/desire. They all use healthy, quality ingredients, and you can use whatever kind of milk you like to use: cow milk, almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, rice milk, whatever your heart desires! Can’t wait to give some of these a try, and I hope you do, too!

Enjoy! xoxo

Choose Real Food! Like Butter

We are in the middle of the holiday season, and with that comes lots of cooking and food. My main advice to all people looking to attain healthy lives and lifestyles is EAT REAL FOOD. One food, in particular, that I think most people are afraid of is butter. Butter is not a bad thing, let alone a bad thing to eat. Butter substitutes are way worse for you. They aren’t real food. To back up my belief on real food and real butter in particular, is Body Ecology. Here is a great article on the 20 Health Benefits of Real Butter . Here is a sample of the benefits listed in the article:

  1. Most easily absorbed source of Vitamin A-vital for thyroid and adrenal regulation
  2. Cholesterol Metabolism support
  3. Anti-oxidants
  4. Anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties
  5. Good source of Vitamin D to aid in Vitamin C absorption
  6. Helps protect against infections
  7. Muscle builder and immunity booster
  8. May aid in fertility of women

and much more! That’s not even half of the list. So, PLEASE, do not be afraid of real food, especially real butter. Moderation and serving sizes are the key. Instead, be afraid of the other stuff.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy eating!

Winter and Holiday Recipes!

Here are 3 great recipes for the winter/holiday season! I am so excited about all three of them and wish I could make them all right now. Here they are:

  1. Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta from NATUREBOX
  2. Almond Coconut Fudge (Paleo, Primal, Dairy Free) from Deliciously Organic
  3. White Chocolate Cranberry Bark from Nourished Kitchen

Thanks to Facebook and all of these individual sites, I have came across these wonderful and wholesome recipes. Hope you try some and enjoy!

My Yoga Challenge

Hi all! Wow it’s been a long time since my last post. I have been super busy with school work and finals. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are enjoying the holiday season! I embarked on a new challenge today: my yoga challenge. While still at school I plan to do my Bethenny Frankel Yoga DVD every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Then, when I am home for winter break I plan to do it every other day. By the end of winter break, I am going to tally up how many days I have done my yoga workout. I’m excited about this and hope to see great results in my strength and flexibility. Maybe this will encourage some of you to challenge yourself before the new year! It’s never too early to start on a resolution 🙂

Speaking of the holiday season, I’d like to share with you two things I found on facebook through a page called, I Love Being Healthy:

1. 16 Healthiest Foods Ever

  1. Apricots
  2. Avocados
  3. Raspberries
  4. Cantaloupe
  5. Cranberry Juice
  6. Raisins
  7. Tomato
  8. Lemons & Limes
  9. Onions
  10. Ginger
  11. Broccoli
  12. Spinach
  13. Garlic
  14. Peanuts
  15. Yogurt
  16. Salmon

2. A great antioxidant chart which includes information on foods high in antioxidants, such as blackberries, strawberries, walnuts, coffee, cranberries, pecans, raspberries, blueberries, broccoli, and a few others. There is also some information at the bottom of the chart on foods that are good sources of essential vitamins and minerals.

~ Try to keep all of these foods in mind during the holiday season to keep your body well nourished while enjoying some holiday treats!