How to Make Healthy Versions of Your Favorite Foods

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So, you’re on a diet?

Now, you will have to eat boring foods and totally discard  your favorite foods… Think again! You can actually keep eating all your favorite “comfort foods.” It’s just a matter of changing up a few ingredients that will still give them that great taste you love, just healthier. By changing up the ingredients a bit, not only will it make your favorite meals healthier, but will also make them less in calories. So, check out these awesome and delicious recipes, and don’t suffer the diet blues.

Between The Food Network, Martha Stewart’s cookbook, and some of our favorite health & wellness blogs, there are plenty of healthy recipies to go around. We’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of our favovrite so that you can keep enjoying your favorite foods without feel bad about it the next day. Here are 10 of your favorite foods transformed into much healthier versions:

1. Three Cheese Macaroni

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Tired of having to face the overwhelming guilt that comes with finishing off a pan of cheesy, religious Mac & Cheese? Not anymore, you aren’t. With the use of a few heads of cauliflower, you can turn your favorite cheesy death-trap into a dish that’s just as healthy as it is delicious.

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2. Light Chicken Parmesan

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You have a burning love for Italian cuisine and can’t seem to ween yourself off the carb-heavy goodness? By only breading one side of the chicken, you’ll cut out a huge chunk of those guilt provoking calories.

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3. Healthy Spinach and Ricotta Pizza

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Speaking of Italian cuisine, how could you possibly live a happy life without indulging in a few slices of heaven from time to time? Homemade pizza will always be way better for you than Domino’s, and you can help your pizza reach it’s healthiest potential by adding whole wheat flour to the crust and using plenty of veggies.

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4. Coffee

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Sure, it’s not exactly a “food item,” but this beverage is one of the unhealthiest addictions out there. It’s like coffee, but without the all the jitters and crazed nerves that come with the average cup of Joe. You’ll still get your energy fix, and your body will be a lot happier without all the extra caffeine.

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5. Healthier Meat Lasagna

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Between the greasy beef, the melted dairy, and the starchy noodles, lasagna is normally a weight watcher’s worst enemy. By switching to whole-wheat noodles, low-fat cottage cheese, and lean ground sirloin, you’ll transform your mom’s signature dish into a light and delicious baked pasta

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6. Baked Fish & Chips

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Normally deep-fried in grease, this alternative version of the classic Fish & Chips uses quite the interesting method to maintain the crunchy goodness of the dish.

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7. Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

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Thanks to Martha Stewart, we’ve learned that most recipes for baked goods can be tweaked to use equal parts whole-wheat and all-purpose flours to make for healthier treats. And get this — even though they’re made with whole-wheat flour, they taste just as great!

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8. Baked “Fried” Chicken

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I know. Confusing, right? It’s a healthy illusion. This chicken is a heck of a lot lighter than it would be after taking a hot oil bath, and equally crispy-crunchy.

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9. Fettuccine Alfredo

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The cauliflower secret strikes again! Rich, creamy Alfredo without the added guilt.

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10. Alton Brown’s Buffalo Wings

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Yes, that’s right: Healthy Hot Wings! Steam and then bake for super-tender texture without getting out the deep fryer.

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See, eating healthy can have it’s perks! All it takes is time, effort, and a little bit of know-how.