It can be easy to spoil the kids with junk food. However in the long run, you are just teaching them bad habits as well as being detrimental to their health. Why not teach them (and yourself) some healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
Once you and the kids get the hang of looking for healthy alternatives, you will be excited to share it and learn more. To start you off on your journey we have put together some of our top swaps and alternatives for our favourite junk food!
Healthy Fried Rice, That Still Tastes like Rice
Rice can be great in moderation, however, if you find that when you cook it there is enough for the whole village (and you managed it eat it all) it might be time to find an alternative.
All you need to do is roughly chop your cauliflower and throw in a food processor for a minute. You will find that the texture is very similar to rice. Use this ‘faux’ rice can be used in any dish where you would have normally used white rice and it tastes just the same. One of our favourites is cauliflower fried rice, the family didn’t even blink an eyelid when I served this one up!
Don’t Ditch the Desserts
Most kids love cakes and desserts, but they can be full of fat and refined sugar Trying to get kids to stop eating sweet treats is nigh on impossible, but you can make them healthier. Some healthy dessert recipes are so crafty, you can hardly taste the difference
With a little of creativity, you can even make chickpeas or sweet potatoes into a dessert. Why not give Chickpea Blondies, Beet Berry Coconut Chia Pudding or Sweet Potato Brownies a try? There are so many options for healthy desserts using alternative ingredients. Just remember, that just because they are healthier, doesn’t mean you can eat all of them, save some for the kids.
Can’t Give Up Mac and Cheese?
Processed pasta is not great thing to eat on a regular basis. Get rid of boxed mac and cheese and make some at home. You can make a velvety sauce with added butternut squash. You won’t believe it isn't loaded with cheese!
Take it a step further and replace your high carb noodles with a plant-based pasta made out of chickpeas or legumes. The texture may be a little grainier than regular pasta but it tastes almost the same.
Get Ready to Spice Up Your Life
You can add some really punchy flavours by creating your own spice mixes. You can use these to season your dishes, and you can even use them to marinade meat in (by combining with a little oil).
It’s super easy to make your own curry powder for a tasty chicken, lamb or vegetarian curry or your own Mexican inspired seasoning for tacos and fajitas.
Use More Vegetables in Your Meals
On top of simply eating more vegetables, you can sneak extra veg into your meals to make them healthier. You can make fries out of sweet potato, fried rice out of cauliflower or you can make spaghetti out of courgette. How about making a pizza base out of cauliflower? Or what about these cauliflower popcorn bites, they taste just like KFC!
Add Some Smoky Flavours
Smoking food is a simple way of packing loads of flavour into your food. It also adds a great complexity to your dishes. You can either hot or cold smoke your food to give different depth of flavour. If you were wondering, hot smoking both cooks and flavours your food whereas cold smoking only flavours it.
I’m sure we’ve all heard of smoking meat and fish however, you can also smoke
fruit and vegetables using a propane smoker. Smoking can open you up
to a world of new flavours! What about smoked garlic, smoked aubergines or even
smoked mushrooms? You can also use different woods to give different flavours
or even soak the wood in your wine. Our favourite is soaking cedar in our local wineries cabernet sauvignon!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start it off the right way. Instead of kicking off the day with a bowl full of commercial cereal, which are sure to be filled with processed sugars and other preservatives, try having a bowl of homemade muesli as a healthy alternative!
Switching out your favourite foods for healthier alternatives is easy and simple! Take the time to prepare food at home, get to know what you’re putting into your body and say goodbye to the guilt of satisfying cravings — because with these healthy alternatives — your body will thank you for it!
By : Brittnay Sharman