Healthy Swaps: Dinner Edition
Grilling on the Grill: Lets use a different dark meat. Ever tried bison? How about goat? Both are very lean meats that are a great alternative to beef. Skip the bun and wrap it in a lettuce wrap if you want to save on some carbs. Or they have skinnier buns now that may be worth the flavor but less carbs. If possible try and find buns that are made from whole sprouted grains as well as with your other bread type products!
Meatloaf: (I can’t help but think of the band whenever this is mentioned) Like with the burgers swap out the beef for a different leaner meat. For the breadcrumbs, use oatmeal. Simply place the dry oatmeal in a blender to create more of a breadcrumb powder. Instead of brown sugar try adding a little black strap molasses, it is full of vitamins and minerals. Please please please look at the ketchup you use in your house and most likely will be putting in your meatloaf recipe. Most ketchup has high fructose corn syrup in it. This is not something you want as an ingredients list in your foods. Find ketchup without. Your body will thank you!
Potato and French Fry Alternatives: Try sweet potatoes for both a regular potato or fries. I personally think they taste way better than a regular potato. Remember your swap from last week and use greek yogurt in place of sour cream for a topping. I think this works better on the regular potato, for the sweet potato experiment a little and add some soft goat cheese. It will be amazing. Almost guilty tasting! To ride of the potato all together but create the same texture and consistency a popular swap for mashed potatoes is making mashed cauliflower! Adding the right seasonings and splashes of milk make these very comparable to the real deal.
As a basic rule, add some more fresh veggies to your plate. Some staples I always turn to and can easily go with any meal is asparagus. Steaming up or baking asparagus is super simple all you need is some oil and a little salt and pepper. Same with brussel sprouts. Very healthy and simple to make. I personally like to roast mine!