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21 Ways To Eat A Bit Healthier In 2017

You don’t need to turn your back on your favorite foods to be healthy.

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1. Wrap your food in lettuce leaves instead of tortillas.

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For a really good, low-carb dinner.

Find the recipe for orange chicken lettuce wraps here.

2. Replace mayo with mashed avocado in your sandwiches.

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Avocado is better anyway.

Find the recipe for an avocado egg salad here.

3. When baking, swap Greek yogurt for oil.

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Oil isn’t necessary for a great bake. You can also achieve greatness with good old yogurt. I swear!

Find the recipe for a killer banana bread here.

4. Replace rice with cauliflower rice.

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It’s super easy to make but if you don’t have time and happen to live near a Trader Joe’s, you can find ready-to-use cauliflower rice there.

Get the recipe for cauliflower rice stuffed peppers, here.

5. If you’re craving pizza but want a healthier version, try making a cauliflower crust.

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It’s actually very good. Try it if you don’t believe us!

Get the recipe here.

6. And because cauliflower is one of the most versatile vegetables, you can also replace the potatoes in your potato salad with it.

Granted, this will not be a potato salad anymore, but it’ll still be delish.

Find the recipe here.

7. Or make mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes.

Cauliflower truly is the MVP of foods.

Find the recipe here.

8. Sweeten your treats with dates instead of sugar.

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It also works for smoothies.

Find the recipe for date brownie energy bites here.

9. Cover your pancakes with fruit compote instead of syrup.

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It’s even better, honestly.

Find the recipe for vanilla cranberry compote here.

10. Use a portobello mushroom instead of a bun for your hamburgers.

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Portobello mushrooms and cheese? Sign me up!

Get the recipe here.

11. Replace pasta with eggplant in your lasagna.

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And access low-carb heaven.

Find the recipe here.

12. Forget french fries and make zucchini fries instead.

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Crunchy, tasty, and healthy.

Get the recipe here.

13. Use apple sauce instead of sugar when you’re baking.

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It’s just as delicious.

Get the recipe for healthy buckeyes here.

14. Tater tots are the best but try broccoli tots if you want an awesome alternative.

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They’re gooood.

Find the recipe here.

15. Replace sour cream with plain Greek yogurt in your dips.

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This is plain delicious and will leave you nothing to be sour about (sorry).

Find the recipe for a veggie dip here.

16. Use whole wheat flour instead of white flour in your pancakes.

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It’s just as good and much healthier.

Get the recipe here.

17. Or make paleo banana pancakes with only two ingredients.

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Skip the flour, just use a banana and an egg.

Find the recipe here.

18. Cover your food with nutritional yeast instead of cheese.

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The name may not be the most appealing but nutritional yeast has a very cheesy flavor that makes everything better, especially popcorn.

Find it at your local store or get it online.

19. Upgrade your dinner game and replace traditional pasta with spiralized zucchini.

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It also works in salads!

Get the recipe for kale pesto zoodles here.

20. Or swap the pasta for spaghetti squash.

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By now, this one is pretty much a classic. But it bears repeating that spaghetti squash is super versatile and a great option for anyone who’s craving bolognese or alfredo sauces but wants to avoid carbs.

Find the recipe for coconut cashew spaghetti squash “Alfredo” (which also happens to be vegan) here.

21. Avoid dairy and make a killer banana-peanut butter ice cream.

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it super easy to make and you’ll only need three ingredients: bananas, peanut butter, and vanilla extract.

Get the recipe here.

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