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Unhealthy Made Healthy

Tricks of the trade to make you favorite foods diet friendly.

One of the hardest things about losing weight is giving up the foods you love. Or maybe it’s no longer eating convenient fast food meals. Eating healthy often means preparing your own meals at home to avoid the added sugars, sodium, and fat that’s found in so many processed foods.

The good news is that you can still enjoy some of your favorite foods. Sometimes all it takes is a little tweaking to make the recipe more diet friendly. Before calling it quits on dieting, try a few of these changes. You may be surprised at how easy and delicious healthy eating can be.

Use Less Salt

A diet high in sodium can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. You may love that salty taste, but it’s time to cut back. Leave the saltshaker in the cupboard and reach for spices and herbs to season your food. Rather than topping your baked potato with salt and sour cream, try garlic, cilantro, and Italian seasonings. Rub your meats with herbs and spices instead of salt before baking.

Replace Mayonnaise

Of all the condiments in your refrigerator, mayonnaise leads the pack in calories and grams of unhealthy fat. The creamy, tangy spread may be your go-to for sandwiches and salads, but it’s time to switch it out. Rather than mayonnaise on your sandwich, try a little oil and vinegar or mustard. Instead of mixing your tuna or chicken salad with mayonnaise, use mashed avocado for a nutrient-dense meal.

Prepare Differently

By preparing some of your favorite foods differently you can cut back on calories. Obviously, deep-fried foods are bad for you. Think: donuts, fried shrimp, fried chicken, French fries, and hush puppies. Though you can still enjoy crispy or lightly breaded lean meats or veggies, it’s time to switch to pan-frying your food in olive oil. The healthiest way to prepare lean meats and poultry is baking. When you eat poultry, be sure to remove the skin (which is high in cholesterol and saturated fat) before cooking.

Popcorn can be a healthy, filling snack when prepared the right way. Microwave popcorn may be convenient, but most varieties are full of sodium and unhealthy fats. With that in mind, it’s time to change the way you make popcorn. There’s the old-fashioned way on the stove, in the microwave in a paper bag, or using an electric popper. Just remember to limit the amount of salt and butter you add for flavor.

Swap It Out

A few small changes can go a long way in making food better for you. Rather than buying breads, cereals, and pastas made with refined, white grains, choose those made with 100-percent whole grains. You’ll skip the empty calories and get more fiber and nutrients.

You may be used to a glass or two of juice each day, but you’re missing out on the fruits’ fiber and filling up on needless sugar. Enjoy a piece of fruit instead of juice and you’ll cut back on calories and get more vitamins and minerals than juice offers.

Reduce fat and calories and get more protein by using Greek yogurt on your burritos and baked potatoes instead of sour cream.

Add It In

Nothing says healthy more than fruits and vegetables. Add nutrients and fiber to any meal by including more fresh or frozen produce in your preparation. Throw some berries on your cereal or yogurt; add more fruit to your smoothie; or put more veggies on your pizza, sandwich, or pasta.