make-favorites-healthierTransforming your favorite comfort foods into a healthy meal can often be as easy as adding some extra veggies! The high fat content in much of our traditional American fare serves as the perfect medium for hiding those veggies you might be acquiring a taste for. Whether you’ve already made the change to a nature-based diet or you’re easing your way into healthy eating, here are a few examples of some easy way to boost your intake of whole foods and health-promoting nutrients:

Load your quesadilla up with salsa. Cheese is a great source of protein, calcium, and healthy fat, and corn tortillas are gluten-free and a good carbohydrate in moderation. An easy way to take this food to the next level is to top it with as much of your favorite salsa as you can. Salsa is loaded with tomatoes, onions, and healthy spices. If you put enough salsa on your quesadilla you can even get several servings of vegetables out of it!

Ask for extra tomatoes and onions on your burger. Burgers aren’t they healthiest food choice: they’re usually made with white flour buns, and the burger patties are more carcinogenic than most types of meats. There are a couple tricks, however, that can vastly improve the health qualities of a burger. For one, try ordering your burger with extra veggies. Every little bit adds up! Order your burger with extra tomatoes and onions for some healthy nutrients. You can also request that your burger be made with a lettuce wrap instead of a bun. Not every restaurants offers this option, but forgoing the white flour bun for extra vegetables is a win-win.

Order your pizza with extra vegetables and a thin or gluten-free crust. The principles here are similar to the tricks with the quesadilla and burger. A pizza is the perfect medium for consuming vast quantities of veggies without sacrificing the delicious taste that you love! Order your pizza with extra red sauce, mushrooms, olives, onions, spinach, bell peppers, and whatever other veggies you can think of.  Make your pizza even healthier by reducing the amount of carbs it contains by ordering it with a thin crust! 

These are just a few examples of ways to make popular foods healthier. What are some of your ideas? How do you make eating out healthier?

Originally posted 2013-10-31 16:39:25.


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