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Healthy Ingredient Substitutes

You don't have to go drastic with your diet choices to up the health factor. There are ways to swap out ingredients in your favorite dishes without sacrificing them altogether. I've listed some of these ingredient substitutions below. Have any to add? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments!

  • Agave nectar for sugar: While it should still be used sparingly, agave nectar is sweeter than sugar, so you'll be using less, plus it won't cause a spike in blood sugar levels like sugar.
  • Avocado for butter: When baking, sub out half the butter with avocado for less calories, saturated fat, and cholesterol.
  • Ground flaxseeds for eggs: Who knew flaxseeds could replace eggs in your baking recipes? One teaspoon of ground flaxseeds and 1/4 cup of water replaces a single egg.
  • Parsnips for potatoesParsnips are just one kind out of many healthy veggies that can replace potatoes in a French fry recipe.
  • Greek yogurt for whipped cream: Mixing in Greek yogurt with your whipped cream (or replacing it all together), cuts out fat, giving you more calcium, protein, iron, and healthy bacteria in the process.
  • Turkey for beef: Try a healthy turkey burger instead of beef burger at your next BBQ.
Join The Conversation
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 6 years
Agave = hydrolyzed high fructose inulin syrup = not healthy. Make sure the turkey instead of beef is ground turkey breast! Also, if you find lean ground grass-fed beef, it's even healthier than turkey!
livepink livepink 7 years
I'm not comprehending how flaxseed can replace eggs? Their consistencies & flavors are nowhere near the same.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
Sugar is sugar is sugar. This agave nectar hype is such bs.
Tamma1387 Tamma1387 7 years
doesn't ground turkey actually have more fat than lean ground beef?
amber512 amber512 7 years
I love subbing Greek yogurt for all kinds of things!
guavajelly guavajelly 7 years
agave nectar DOES raise blood sugar and is not suitable for diabetics or most people. I love this site, but I hope people do some serious non bias research and inquiry and find better sugar alternatives. Agave=not that healthy.
bryseana bryseana 7 years
I like to use plain yogurt in place of sour cream on tacos, baked potatoes, etc...It's surprisingly good.
100lbsandcountin 100lbsandcountin 7 years
great tips! I decided this week to boycott sugar and go natural. doing good so far, but it's only day 1!
animatedpunk animatedpunk 7 years
plain greek yogurt also works great as a sour cream substitute :)
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