6 Simple Substitutions to Up the Health Factor of Your Favorite Foods

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Sneaking some additional health benefits into your favorite foods is a recent trend in the everlasting quest for fitness. Whether it’s avocado chocolate pudding or black bean brownies, there seems to be a health-ified version of all your favorite treats.

Cutting down the sugar in a recipe or substituting a few ingredients here and there can help make your favor meals and snacks just a tiny bit better for you. We’ve tracked down 6 simple substitutions that you can use to up the health factor of your favorite foods.

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Whole Wheat Flour

Switching out your plain white flour for whole wheat flour will add some benefit to your baked goods. This little swap works for almost anything you can think of, so use it for cookies, breads, cakes, and more. Whole wheat flour adds fiber which can aid digestion and help lower risk of heart disease. With all of the other ingredients and flavors of your baking, you won’t even notice this sneaky switch.

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Egg Whites

For recipes that call for more than one egg, try swapping out one of the yolks for an extra egg white. Egg yolks contain more than half of the recommended daily cholesterol for an adult, so anytime you use two yolks you’re hitting your max. Egg whites pack a lot of protein so you can lower your cholesterol intake and double your protein by swapping out an egg yolk for two egg whites.

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Oatmeal is a classic choice for a warm and comforting breakfast, but there is an easy substitute that offers more nutrition and protein for the same flavor. Quinoa makes a great sub for oats since it has a similar grain texture and can adapt the flavor of whatever toppings you’d normally put in oatmeal. Add fruit, nuts, peanut butter, coconut milk, or other ingredients to get a delicious flavor but use cooked quinoa instead of oats. You can even make them the night before and make a Pinterest-worthy overnight oat recipe using healthy quinoa instead.

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