This semester I had the privilege of being a part of the Kent PRSSA Bateman competition team. Our challenge was to encourage healthy lifestyles and educate about the consequences of childhood obesity. Working on a campaign dealing with advocating healthy lifestyles has made myself want to become a healthier eater, too.
I always thought it was difficult to eat healthy. There is a Wendy’s, Burger King, Chipotle and Taco Bell all right next to each other along the main street of Kent. It’s really easy to just run there after class and pick something up to eat, and that’s how most people feel , too. After doing extensive research about healthy food, I realized that it is not difficult to eat healthy. Healthy eating is a lot easier than it seems. So here in this post I am going to share some healthy recipes that are college-friendly, of course, and some tips to make recipes you may love a little healthier with a few ingredient substitutions.
I just wanted to point out that I am not the only person with the idea of recipe substitutions for a healthier meal. Food Network Star Paula Deen is known for her recipes that call for extreme amounts of butter and other unhealthy ingredients. Well, her son, Bobby Deen has created his own show on the Cooking Channel where he takes his mothers recipes and makes them healthier. The show is called Not My Mama’s Meals, and is on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m.
Here are some common ingredient substitutions from All Recipes:
- 1 cup of Beer= 1 cup of chicken broth
- 1 cup of buttermilk= 1 cup of yogurt
- 1 cup of corn syrup= 1 cup of honey
- 1 cup of fats for baking= 1 cup of applesauce
- 1 cup of mayonnaise= 1 cup of yogurt
- 1 cup of sour cream= 1 cup of yogurt
- 1 cup of vegetable oil (for baking)= 1 cup of applesauce
Now I haven’t tried all of these substitutions so I’m not sure how chicken broth instead of beer with turn out, but I have definitely used applesauce instead of oil in some things I have baked. I couldn’t even tell the difference. That is very common, and I recommend it.
Here are some easy-to-make, healthy recipes you should try next time you are looking to make something new. I will post one for breakfast, one for lunch, one for dinner and of course, dessert.
The original recipe calls for a caramel drizzle over the oatmeal. If you want the caramel go for it, but since I am trying to go healthy recipes I would go without it.
I love fruit in my salad, so this salad recipe definitely caught my attention. It is also healthy because it has an oil and vinegar based dressing and not a creamy dressing, like Ranch. I don’t like goat cheese, so I would probably substitute it for a parmesan.
My roommate are huge pasta fans, so I saw this recipe and am going to have them try it. We eat a lot of pasta because it is super easy to make. This inside-out lasagna seems pretty easy to put together. Don’t forget to buy whole wheat noodles!
I am inspired by today’s nice weather to pick a summery dessert. This recipe calls for only four ingredients.
I found most of these recipes and got the pictures from Eating Well. Go check out their website for more healthy recipes and share them with me! Also, if you are interested in what recipes appeal to my tastebuds check out my Pinterest.