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  • Writer's picture Lauren Svensen FNP-C

3 Ways to Make Any Recipe Healthier

These healthy eating tips are for people trying to lose weight or maintain their current weight. Underweight individuals should eat healthy foods dense in calories.

1. Double the Vegetables

Vegetables are high in fiber and are less dense in calories than many foods. This means adding extra vegetables will fill you up without going over your calorie budget.

2. Choose a Lean Protein

Pork and beef are higher in fat, and denser in calories than the same amount of chicken, turkey, and fish. Choose a leaner cut of beef or pork because these meats are high in unhealthy fats which cause high cholesterol. If you are making meatballs consider adding one-third ground turkey or chicken to your beef or pork. Used in the right portions, your meatballs will still taste like beef, but the right amount of ground chicken or turkey mixed in will help lower the fat content. Fish is high in healthy fats, and eating lots of fish will help raise your HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, also known as your good cholesterol.

3. Skip the Heavy Cream

Heavy cream will give your meal a rich, creamy taste but is high in fat and will add extra calories to your meal. Whole milk, fat-free sour cream, and low-fat plain yogurt can be used to substitute for heavy cream. Please note your food will have a slightly different flavor and texture when using this strategy. I will leave the experimenting up to you!

*This article is intended for general information purposes only and is not medical advice. Please seek counseling from your primary care provider for personalized medical advice.*


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