The start of a new week, month, or year aways feels like a good time to make changes, or at least attempt a few. At the top of many lists is the resolve to be healthier, which is a nice change from simply wanting to shed pounds. Being healthier means being stronger, less ill, and—dare I say it—even happier.
We all know there’s no shortcut to health. That road is paved with honest intentions and many small good habits that make up a lifestyle.
(Is it just me or do I sound like I’m making up stuff here?)
So let’s help each other! For our first Kitchen Talk topic this year, tell us:
What’s your favorite tip for making a recipe healthier?
If you were wondering about the photo above, it’s from a recent Tasty Kitchen Blog post for The Best Cauliflower Crust Pizza, which was a great way to make a pizza a bit healthier. As you’ll read in our tips below, cauliflower is one of our favorite healthy substitutions for many things like potatoes and grains.
Nanci uses Greek yogurt on top of nachos and Mexican food, or to dollop into soup or on baked potatoes instead of sour cream. She also likes using pureed cauliflower as a base for cream soups instead of all cream.
Betsy says replacing heavy cream with coconut milk in soups or sauces can be tasty and a little healthier. She also serves pureed butternut squash or mashed cauliflower as sides in place of the usual potatoes, pasta, or grains.
As for me, I love making soup because it warms me up and is filling without being too heavy. I do enjoy creamy soups and will sometimes puree soup with a tablespoon or two of cooked rice to make it creamy and thick without adding cream or flour. (But now I’m going to try pureed cauliflower as a base too!)
How about you? What do you do to make a recipe a little bit healthier? Come share!