20 Healthy Alternative Ingredients

by Beth Montgomery on January 19, 2011

in Cooking Tips & Tricks, Frugal Cooking, Recipes

Frugal Recipes

After reading that eating one piece of white bread is about as healthy as eating a spoonful of sugar,   I decided that one of my goals for this year is to begin eating healthier foods and finding more nutritious alternatives.

I’ve been researching healthy alternatives to ingredients we use and how to make your own healthy versions of favorite foods at home.   With that in mine, for What’s Cooking Wednesday, I’m going to share some of my research, including the obvious ones, just as a reminder.

  1. Season foods with citrus juice/fruits, vinegar, herbs & spices instead of salt.
  2. Eliminate salt or reduce by 1/2 in recipes that don’t need it to active yeast.
  3. Bind with gelatin or pureed fruit instead of egg.
  4. Replace 1 full egg with 2 egg whites or 1/4 cup egg subsitute.
  5. Replace oil, margarine, shortening, and/or butter in some recipes with applesauce or pureed fruit.
  6. Use Olive or Canola oil as an alternative to vegetable oil.
  7. Replace sour cream with plain yogurt.
  8. Use turkey versions of bacon, hot dogs, and similar products.
  9. Brown rice over white rice.
  10. Swap white flour with whole wheat (use 1/2 white & 1/2 whole wheat to save money)
  11. Coat pans with a light spritz of cooking spray instead of butter or oil.
  12. Use crushed cereal or rolled oats in place of bread crumbs.
  13. Make salads with dark green leafs like spinach, instead of iceberg lettuce.
  14. Try wine, balsamic vinegar, fruit juice, or low-fat broth as an alternative to unhealthy marinades.
  15. Check out vinegar-based salad dressings or try fat-free.
  16. Start buying whole wheat pasta and noodles.
  17. In most recipes, you can reduce the amount of sugar by 1/3- 1/2 half and add vanilla, nutmeg, or cinnamon to sweeten the taste.
  18. Remove the meat from recipes for a vegetarian version.   And, throw in more vegetables always!
  19. Skip the toppings& condiments, such as bacon bits, frosting, sprinkles, etc…
  20. When you can’t substitute, try a fat-free or low-fat version of the product.

How do you make your recipes healthier?

Craving more?   Browse the recipe index to find more frugal, quick, and kid-friendly recipes.

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