How many times have you asked a waiter to substitute an unhealthy item for a healthier one and been shut down before finishing your sentence? Well what would you say if I told you that there is a place that not only allows substitutions, but also welcomes them with open arms? In your own kitchen you are given the choice of taking away as many horrible ingredients and adding heavenly ones instead! All you have to do is be wary of what is good for you and what isn’t. Here are two of my favorite substitutions that keep my taste buds happy and my body feeling energized!
Also known as the “Alligator Pear,” due to its leather-like outer covering, the avocado is one of the healthiest fruits out there. It is grown mostly in Mexico and Central America and other tropical climates. I know what you're thinking, “Avocados are really fatty, though!” Yes, this is true, but it’s good fat! (Yes, there is a such thing as good fat.) Phytosterols, which account for some of the fat, are key supporters of keeping inflammation throughout the body in check. Also, high levels of oleic acid is found in avocados which increases absorption in the digestion process! Sliced avocados are great for salads, but to take your salads to the next level substitute your dressing with avocado oil. It has been proven to give the same benefits as sliced avocado without the possible mush factor. You can actually add this amazing ingredient to just about anything! My top favorites include: omelets, sandwiches, smoothies and even pizza!
Hummm For Hummus!
This delectable dip is of Arabic and Middle Eastern cuisine. Hummus is a combination of mashed chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini and olive oil. Just the thought of hummus gets my stomach growling. Due to the chickpeas, which are the main ingredient, hummus is a great source of protein and dietary fiber. Hummus also has a lot of iron and vitamin C. Hummus can substitute any type of dip or spread you can think of. I even prefer hummus over ranch when eating carrots and celery, but also try using hummus on your sandwiches instead of the typical mayo or ketchup.