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Healthy Twists On Your Favourite Meals

2020-07-15 | By: Snap Fitness

A healthy and balanced style of eating isn’t one that excludes treat foods. All foods have a place in the diet, and in fact following your normal healthy style of eating from Monday to Friday is much easier if you indulge a little over the weekends.

If however you think you are over-indulging on these ‘sometimes’ foods, there are some simple ‘swaps’ you can make to turn those typically energy dense nutrient pizzas and pastas into more balanced and nutritious meals.

Let’s look at how we can put a healthy spin on a few of our favourites!

Nachos

Replace:

  • Traditional corn chips with homemade sweet potato chips or toasted wholemeal pita bread
  • Mince with red kidney beans
  • Sour cream with natural Greek yoghurt
  • A handful of full fat cheddar cheese with a sprinkle of reduced fat cheddar cheese

Include:

  • A nachos topping based on tomatoes and beans and low in salt and sugar
  • Diced capsicum or tomato to add a vegetable serve
  • Finely diced spring onions and coriander, two simple and healthy garnishes

Pizza

Replace:

  • A traditional thick white pizza base with a wholemeal pita wrap
  • Normal pizza sauce with reduced salt pizza sauce
  • Cured meats (salami, pepperoni, ham) with white meat or lean cuts of red meat
  • A handful of full fat cheese with a sprinkle of reduced fat cheese

Include:

  • A handful of vegetables
  • Serve your pizza slices with a side salad to increase your vegetable intake

Pasta

Replace:

  • Traditional white pasta with: wholemeal pasta, brown rice pasta or Pulse pasta (made from legumes e.g. chickpeas, lentils and peas)
  • A handful of full fat cheese with a sprinkle of reduced fat cheese

Include:

  • ½ cup cooked vegetables to your bowl of pasta

If you’re trying to reduce your intake of sweet treat foods, replace normal dairy milk chocolate with a homemade rich dark chocolate - see the recipe below!

Almond and Coconut Dark Chocolate Recipe

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup raw almonds
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup cacao
  • Maple syrup or liquid stevia to taste
  • 1 tablespoon smooth almond butter
  • Pinch sea salt

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180° C
  2. Spread almonds on one side of a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 6-8 minutes. Remove tray and spread the shredded coconut on the other side of the tray. Continue roasting until coconut is just golden brown.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt coconut oil over low heat. Remove from heat and whisk in cacao powder, sweetener and almond butter until smooth. Add a little sea salt to taste. Stir through half of the almonds.
  4. Spread the chocolate mixture onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Sprinkle remaining almonds and shredded coconut over the top. Place into freezer for about 15 minutes or until frozen solid.
  5. Once frozen, break apart into several pieces. Store in the freezer until ready to eat.

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