Lean Alternatives To Your Favorite Dishes

By Jasmin Fine of 1FineCookie.com

Lean Alternatives to Favorite Dishes

With all of the calorie heavy and preservative-filled food options in the grocery store today, it’s tough to eat the things we crave while still staying fit.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to switch up your favorite eats using lighter and/or healthier ingredients. Here is a collection of drool-worthy tweaks and alternatives:

Snacks

snacks

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1. Now that we know soda is linked to obesity, it’s a good idea to keep the intake down to a minimum. You can easily create your own flavored soda at home. Less sugar, no chemicals. Fruit soda

2. Although avocado is considered healthy, the calories can still rack up only after a few bites. Substitute with broccoli and you have yourself some broccoli guacamole. Broccomole

3. French fries are on the food pyramid, right? They are if they’re made of asparagus. Asparagus fries

4. Chips are tasty, but the MSG male them addictive enough to eat more than necessary. Bake yourself some zucchini chips that will satisfy your cravings. Zucchini chips

 

 

Main Dishes

main dish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1. I have an addiction for buffalo, but it’s usually doused on wings or macaroni and cheese. Broccoli buffalo bites are the way to go. Broccoli buffalo bites

2. Pizza is a fun project to make with the family. Even better when the crust is made of cauliflower. Cauliflower crust

3. Chicken nuggets are such a child favorite, but you really don’t know what goes into them.  Don’t tell the kiddos that they’re eating mushrooms with these alternatives. It’ll be our little secret. Mushroom bites

4. Pasta is so comforting but so heavy. Use a little tofu magic to whip up tofu pasta salad. Tofu pasta

5. All things creamy are the ultimate indulgence, but who says we can’t have it guilt free? This cream can be used as a sweet or savory sauce. Cashew cream

6. Bacon. Can’t live with it, can’t live without it. Now you can just have yourself some shiitake bacon. Oh, yum. Shiitake bacon

 

 

Sweets

sweets

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1. A sweet tooth hang-up can be quite the curse. Here is a recipe for candy that uses fruit to sweeten rather than sugar. Fruit candy

2. Frosting is usually filled with butter and way too much sugar. No need to fret with these “healthier” frosting shots. Chocolate frosting shots

3. These cookies contain no butter and use other ingredients as lighter substitutes. Good for your taste buds, okay for your body. Tofu chocolate chip cookies

4. Everything can pretty much stop right now, as we now have chocolate without any dairy in it. Faux chocolate