5 Ways to Alter Recipes to Make Them Healthier

5 Ways to Alter Recipes to Make Them Healthier

It seems amazing that people are still frying foods and eating them as if they never heard of free radicals and how fried foods age us. It’s even more amazing to me that people are still buying sugar and using it as an ingredient in baked cakes and cupcakes. Sugar is one of the worst foods if you want to stay looking young for longer.

Nevertheless, the time will come when one of your closest friends will give you a recipe for some exceptionally unhealthy food and then want your opinion. Rather than hurt her feelings, you could modify the recipe to make it healthier. Then you could tell her you love to experiment with recipes, tweaking them and seeing what type of new concoctions you can create. She could easily understand this.

So how do you go about tweaking the recipes? Here are my five basic guidelines that will work for you as well:

1. Cut out the oil.

Generally the oil in recipes is canola oil, soy oil, vegetable oil, or safflower oil. If you are great at seeing aging in your face, try eating the equivalency of about a cup of one of these oils in some baked goods and see what happens to you overnight. You’ll be able to see the ravages of aging before your own eyes.

So take the oil out of the recipe unless it’s ¼ cup or less. Instead, add about ½ cup applesauce. The applesauce gives your baked goods a great consistency and you’ll never miss the oil. Plus, you’ll maintain your youthfulness.

2. Commit to no sugar in a recipe.

You can do this by using coconut sugar instead. Coconut sugar is naturally sweet, but it doesn’t raise blood sugar levels. Also, you won’t need as much of it to substitute for regular sugar in the recipes.

3. Increase the level of protein. 

Does your baked good recipe contain eggs? If there’s only one egg, try adding an extra egg for extra protein. Does the recipe use milk? If not, can you substitute the liquid by swapping water for milk? By doing so, you’ll add protein which helps with blood sugar regulation.

4. Cut carbs.

Check the final serving size for the muffin or cake and see if the carbohydrate level exceeds 15 grams. If it does, it’s too much, and you’ll have to substitute the high-carbohydrate fruit juice or flour with something else. For example, try decreasing the regular flour in the recipe by one-third and then adding coconut flour in its place.

5. Use healthy fat alternatives.

If it calls for an unhealthy fat such as Crisco, shortening, or margarine you should find a healthier alternative. Replace bad fats with butter or coconut oil.

You’ll feel better when you make these tweaks to the recipes.