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    Updated on Jun 9, 2020. Posted on Aug 31, 2016

    7 Healthy Food Swaps That Are Actually Delicious

    One switch a day can really add up.

    1. Trade TORTILLAS for ZUCCHINI and make enchilada boats.

    It's peak zucchini season right now, which means zukes are plentiful, delicious, and CHEAP. Make enchiladas or a taco casserole a little bit healthier and lower-carb by stuffing the delicious filling into zucchini boats instead of tortillas.

    Recipe: Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats

    2. Use CASHEWS to make mac and cheese without the DAIRY.

    OK, so cashews aren't exactly low-calorie. But they're great for making creamy sauces when you're avoiding dairy. This spicy mac and cheese has a sauce made from cashews and nutritional yeast, and it's completely vegan!

    Recipe: Vegan Green Chili Mac and Cheese

    3. Mash or blend CAULIFLOWER instead of POTATOES.

    Cauliflower is lower-carb and lower-calorie than potato, which means it won't leave you feeling stuffed. It's not as naturally ~creamy~ as a potato, so it needs a little help. Recipes that involve cooking and then mashing or blending it with tons of other flavorful ingredients are your best bet.

    Recipes (from left): Bacon-Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder; Olive Oil, Garlic, and Romano Cheese Mashed Cauliflower

    4. Sandwich your favorite fillings between PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS instead of BREAD.

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    Burgers and sandwiches are delicious, and no one should have to do without. If you're looking to eat fewer carbs and less processed food, roasted portobello mushroom caps actually make sturdy, filling buns. Lettuce wraps are cool, but sometimes you want a little more, you know?

    Recipe: Portobello Bun

    5. Make pancakes or flatbreads with CHICKPEAS instead of WHEAT.

    Whether you're gluten-free or just looking to eat fewer grains and processed foods, chickpea flour (available at all health stores and most supermarkets) is a great alternative to traditional wheat flour. Its flavor is more subtle than other alternative flours like almond or coconut, meaning that it will blend right in with whatever you're making with it.

    Recipe: Jumbo Chickpea Pancake

    6. Add NUTRITIONAL YEAST to mimic the flavor of CHEESE in dips and sauces.

    Another great vegan trick that everyone should steal is using nutritional yeast — dry, slightly tangy flakes derived from yeast that taste a lot like Parmesan — to mimic the taste of cheese. You can use it to make "cheesy" dips, or add it to pasta or spaghetti squash the same way you would add Parmesan.

    Recipes (from left): Cashew-less Vegan Queso, Cheezy Vegan Spaghetti Squash

    7. Swap SWEET POTATOES for NOODLES in easy weeknight "pasta" dishes.

    We all know about "zoodles" by now, but zucchini isn't the only vegetable that makes a great stand-in for pasta. Sweet potatoes are unprocessed and filled with complex carbs, meaning they'll likely keep you fuller for longer than processed white pasta.

    Recipes (from left): Thai Peanut Sweet Potato Noodles; Creamy Spinach Sweet Potato Noodles With Cashew Sauce