cravings-healthy-recipe-substitutesGone are the days when eating healthy meant consuming bland meals and fake food. Healthy food has never been tastier than today. With these healthy lifestyle recipes, you’d forget whatever food they stood in for.

So rather than your average fastfood hamburger, why not eat Vegetable Burger:
Squash in veggie burger patties between sesame-seed buns. Include slices of lettuce, tomato and pickle. Top with catsup.
Nutrition info: 5 grams fat, 250 calories

Rather than fastfood pizza, try Pita Pizza
Cut 6” 1/2 pita bread into halves. Top one half with 1/4 cup light mozzarella cheese; 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes; and oregano or basil leaves. Add sprinklings of olive oil and Parmesan cheese. Bake.
Nutrition info: 5 g fat, 180 calories

Rather than fastfood French fries, try Homemade Fries
Preheat the oven to 425° F. Cut a 5-ounce baking potato into wedges, then toss with a teaspoon of oil. Place on a shallow pan to make one layer. Leave in the oven for half an hour or until the sticks turn gold.
Nutrition info: 5 g fat, 145 calories

Rather than gourmet ice cream, try Low-fat Choco Ice Cream
Choose any of these and mix with half a cup of low-fat ice cream:

  • 1 low-fat chocolate bar, chopped
  • 2 low-fat crumbled chocolate wafers
  • 50 small chocolate chips

Nutrition info: 3 g fat, 120 calories

Rather than frosted chocolate layer cake, try Devil-Angel Cake
Halve an ounce of angel cake into two layers. Between the two layers, garnish 1/4 cup reduced-fat chocolate pudding. Mix cocoa powder with 2 tablespoons of whipped cream and spread over the top layer.
Nutrition info: 3 g fat, 165 calories

Rather than apple pie, try Cinnamon Apple Glee
Peel a 6-ounce apple 1/3 of the way. Spread brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg around the peeled surface. Bake in the oven for 3 minutes or until it turns softer.
Nutrition info: less than 1 g fat, 115 calories

Rather than strawberry shortcake, try Angel Strawberry Shortcake
Cut an ounce of angel cake into two thin slices. Top the first slice with two strawberries, sliced. Top this with the other slice of angel cake. Cover with 1/4 cup light whipped topping and sliced strawberry.
Nutrition info: 2 g fat, 125 calories

Rather than deli potato chips, try Homemade Potato Chips
Make 12 thin potato slices and arrange in a circle on oven pan. Sprinkle a dash of salt all over. Put inside oven in high heat. Leave for up to 6 minutes or until golden. (Make sure to turn pan in the middle of cooking.)
Nutrition info: 0 g fat, 15 calories

Rather than fried/breaded onion rings, try Healthy Onion Rings
Preheat oven to 450° F. In the meantime, make a paste by mixing:

  • a teaspoon of plain bread crumbs
  • a teaspoon of oil
  • a teaspoon of brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

Dunk 10 1/2-inch thick sweet onion rings into the paste. Lay them in one layer on a shallow oven rack. Put in the oven for 11 minutes, making sure to rotate the pan halfway.
Nutrition info: 5 g fat, 110 calories

Rather than salted peanuts, try Salted Oatmeal Squares
Preheat oven to 325° F. Coat two cups of toasted oatmeal squares with egg white. Sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon of salt or less. On a pan glazed with cooking spray, arrange them in one layer. Bake 20 minutes or until brown. (Make sure to rotate pan halfway through cooking.)
Nutrition info: less than 1 g fat, 60 calories

Rather than buffalo wings, try Buffalo Tenders
Cut seven strips of 5-ounce chicken tenders (breasts). Cook 5 minutes over a teaspoon of melted butter. Add one tablespoon of cayenne pepper sauce. Serve with 1/4 cup zero-fat cheese dressing and celery sticks.
Nutrition info: 10 g fat, 285 calories

Rather than chocolate-dipped ice cream stick, try Iced Banana Sticks
Skewer peeled bananas with ice cream sticks. Roll them over crumbs of a crumbled low-fat chocolate wafer. Leave in the freezer.
Nutrition info: less than 1 g fat, 70 calories

Rather than Chinese fried rice, try Steamed Rice with Vegetables
After cooking one cup of white rice, combine it with one cup of steamed stir-fry vegetables. Pour soy sauce and sesame oil. Mix well.
Nutrition info: 3 g fat, 300 calories

Rather than ice cream sandwich, try Ice Cream-Coated Chocolate Wafers
Varnish 2 reduced-fat chocolate wafers with 2 tablespoons of low-fat ice cream. Then roll them over a teaspoon of chocolate sprinkles. Leave in the freezer.
Nutrition info: 2 g fat, 75 calories

Rather than milkshake, try Strawberry Smoothie
Into a blender, pour one cup of zero-fat milk, 4 ice cubes, 6 strawberries, and 1/2 banana. Blend.
Nutrition info: 1 g fat, 165 calories

Rather than steak hero sandwich, have a Portobello Mushroom Sandwich
Varnish one large Portobello mushroom with balsamic vinegar. Arrange it on the oven rack such that it lies on its top side. Heat it at 425° F for 10 minutes. Cut into halves then place on a hero roll.
Nutrition info: 8 g fat, 445 calories

Rather than French cruller, try Faux Cruller
Break two ladyfingers into halves then glaze them with cooking spray (butter flavor), cinnamon and brown sugar.
Nutrition info: less than 1 g fat, 55 calories

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