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8 Easy Swaps to Make Your Family Favourites Healthier



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8 Easy Swaps to Make Your Family Favourites Healthier

With a little bit of ingenuity, even the sweet and savoury goodies at the very top of the food pyramid can go from naughty to nutritious. We’re talking soda, ice cream, pizza - all the treats you save for when you have to resort to bribery to get the kids to behave. But it’s not just the guilty pleasures, even the family favourites tend to lack in the nutrition department. The good news is they don’t have to! Here are 8 easy swaps to make your favourite family meals healthier. Your kids will be none the wiser!

Homemade muesli

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make it a good one! Instead of kicking off the day with a bowl of suspiciously colourful cereal packed with processed sugars and preservatives, try a bowl of homemade muesli as a healthy alternative. Top with your favourite fruits and your family’s health and taste buds will be in for a treat!

Love a cosy Sunday roast dinner?

A Sunday roast with the family can’t be beat. For some it’s a wholesome family tradition and for others it’s simply an excuse to eat yourself silly. Whatever the reason, the Sunday roast in all it’s buttery, fatty and gravy-dripping goodness need not be abandoned, it just needs a few healthy alternatives for your family to eat well. Next time your prepping the family feast, why not try some honey carrots in the microwave, or homemade crispy sweet potato chips instead of the usual heavy fare? If you wanted to be really bold, you could even try a smoked pot roast rather than the usual oil-rich option.

homemade muesli healthy ideas for family breakfast

DIY Pizza

There are two components of pizza: The base and the toppings. Both of which can be made healthier, or even just one. Eating well doesn’t mean cutting out everything that doesn’t have a 5-star health rating - treating yourself and your family is an important part of life! To make this family favourite healthier, you can swap the bread base for a nutritious low-carb cauliflower crust and make your toppings the star of the show. The more flavourful your veggies are, the less cheese and meats you need to add to give your pizza a great taste. Try smoking the veggies beforehand, or roasting them with a drizzle of tasty olive oil. Throw in some seasonings and spices and you have a yummy DIY pizza!

Totally tasty pudding

When you’re after something decadent and sweet for dessert, it’s hard to look past chocolate pudding. As delicious as it is, this milk-based treat can get you into some calorie trouble. To keep this dessert on your healthy eating menu, try swapping the cream base for avocado. Yes, that’s right, you can make pudding with avocados. Blend it with some cacao powder, non-dairy milk, and a bit of sweetener in a heavy-duty blender, chill it in the fridge and in a few hours you’ll have a creamy chocolate dessert that’s actually good for you and your family!

Make your own chocolate bars

If you find you get a hankering for chocolate (what do we mean ‘if’?), try making it yourself. There is a huge difference between cocoa and cacao, so simply by swapping one for the other the nutritional value of your food changes significantly. Cacao powder is packed with nutrients and tastes just as yummy as cocoa. We love making our own truffles. It only takes a few simple ingredients such as coconut oil, cacao powder and sea salt, and they taste scrumptious!

Don’t step away from the chips

Next time fries are on the menu, try baking them instead of deep frying. Toss sweet potato wedges in a bag with olive oil and semolina for crispy chips every time, and for bonus wellness points, you could even use a healthier oil like coconut to help reduce cholesterol levels.

sweet potato kumara chips fries healthy meal ideas for the family

Healthy fried rice that still tastes like rice

Rice can be good in moderation, however, if you find that when you cook it there is enough to feed a village (and you still manage to eat all of it), it might be time to find an alternative. All you need to do is roughly chop a cauliflower and throw it in a food processor for a minute. This faux rice can be used in any dish in place of white rice and it tastes and has a texture just the same. Fried rice is always a family favourite, and substituting in cauliflower makes it guilt-free!

Educating yourself and your family is crucial when it comes to eating well. Rather than denying yourself your favourite snacks or overindulging, a few tricks here and there mean you don’t have to miss out on anything. Turn these ideas into habits and your family can eat healthy and enjoy it!