It’s officially Fall! Can you believe it? Time flies so fast!
When I think of fall, I think about the feast, festivals, and family gatherings — lots of food and great company! If you want to eat a little healthier this season, it doesn’t require completely changing your diet. In many cases, you can just make a few alternatives to the foods you already enjoy and will have lower-fat foods that are tasty and nutritious.
Here are some healthy food substitutes to try this fall:
1. Use Pumpkin in Cake Mixes
One of the easiest healthy food swaps you can do with your fall superfoods is to use pumpkin puree with cake mixes. This turns your cake or cupcakes into just 2 ingredients, including the cake mix of your choice and pumpkin puree. The pumpkin replaces all other ingredients you would have mixed in with the cake mix, like oil and eggs. This is often done with a spice cake mix that goes well with pumpkin, but don’t be afraid to experiment with vanilla and chocolate cake mixes as well.
2. Sweet Potatoes Instead of White Potatoes
Many people enjoy potatoes, especially in the fall when you want more savory dishes, but they tend to be high in carbs and fat, and not very nutritious. Instead of having traditional white potatoes in your dishes, try sweet potatoes. These are a superfood, so they are filled with nutrients, and are amazing to enjoy during the fall season. You can have stuffed sweet potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, or even sweet potato soup.
3. Use Cauliflower for Low-Carb Options
If you are on a low-carb diet, then you should become familiar with cauliflower. The bland taste and slightly rough texture of cauliflower make it perfect as a substitute for many of the carb-rich foods you can no longer have. You can use it to make mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes, make lots of types of rice with it, or make cauliflower steaks, tots, pizza or add it to your smoothie. Be creative and find different ways to substitute the higher-carb ingredients with cauliflower.
4. Quinoa Instead of Rice
The last substitution you can make for a healthier superfood-rich meal is to replace your rice with quinoa. Most types of rice, including white rice and brown rice, are okay in moderation, but they lack the nutrition you need for a well-balanced meal. Quinoa is considered a superfood, it’s high in protein and fiber so it is the perfect alternative when you want to have a rice dish. You can make a harvest quinoa side dish with squash, pumpkin, and spices, which is simply to make and very good for you with all the superfoods included.
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