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Recipe Makeover: Your Favorite Meals, Simplified

Comfort food is great…sometimes. The smells, textures and flavors can bring back great memories. Unfortunately, these old favorites don’t always reflect a healthy lifestyle. Often loaded with processed ingredients, excess dairy and meat products and a lack of vegetables, comfort foods remind us that there are reasons we should only indulge our cravings every once in a while.

It’s time to lighten up your favorite recipes, save some dollars and create simple, quick comfort foods!

Some of our simple, healthy substitutes are:

  1. Use Greek yogurt as a healthy alternative for a variety of products. From sour cream, mayo, salad dressings and more, Greek yogurt is one of the most versatile and healthier dairy products available.
  2. Replace sugar with honey when baking. The conversion is mostly 1:1.
  3. Substitute heart healthy oils (coconut, olive, etc.) for butter, when applicable.
  4. Replace expensive proteins, like beef and poultry, with nutrient rich veggies. You’ll be reducing the amount of cholesterol, fat, and calories you’re consuming – while also getting powerful nutrients and vitamins, saving money and reducing cooking time. 
  5. Swap in whole wheat pastas for processed white pasta. Eating food at its most natural state increases health benefits.
  6. Eat with the seasons.  You will be eating fresh, high-quality ingredients that are packed with what your body needs.  

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