Healthy Recipe Substitutions

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Ever scan through a recipe that looks fantastic, only to spot a few ingredients that aren’t compliant with your clean, healthy eating plan? Don’t toss out that recipe! Take a look at our list of healthy substitutions, and reinvent that delicious recipe as a healthy, nutritious recipe!


Butter does lend wonderful taste to some recipes, and can be enjoyed from time to time. But because it is high in calories and in saturated fats, it can be a threat to your waistline and your cholesterol level!

For Frying:

Butter can be replaced with olive oil, which is full of omega-3 fatty acids to help control cholesterol. Olive oil is low in saturated fat and high in heart-healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats. Like butter, it brings a richness to dishes.

Hearty Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

For Baking:

Applesauce (for half the butter called for)
Mashed Banana (for half the butter called for)
Coconut oil (can replace the full amount of butter)

Check out our Hearty Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, baked with coconut oil instead of butter.

Ground Beef

Like butter, ground beef can be delicious and is a fun addition to the occasional meal. However, also like butter, it’s high in calories and saturated fats. This is especially true if, like most people, you buy your meat from the grocery store. Factory-farmed meat tends to be substantially higher in saturated fat and lower in omega-3’s. Generally, you can expect local, organic meat to be more nutritious than factory-farmed. Consider the following substitutes in burgers, meatballs, chili, or Bolognese sauce:

Ground Chicken
Ground Turkey
Crumbled Tofu
Quinoa (high in protein!)

See our Quinoa Meatless Meatball recipe to get inspired.

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One Comment on "Healthy Recipe Substitutions"

  1. Jodee  June 24, 2014

    Great substitution ideas here…love it! Thanks for sharing!


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