Try swapping out butter for olive oil. Olive oil is loaded with omega-3s and is great for your heart, but still gives you the fatty flavor profile you’re looking for.
If you don’t want to ditch ham completely (though turkey bacon is a delicious substitute), try Canadian bacon — it has less fat and calories.
Instead of battering and frying it, bread fried chicken with a crushed up high-fiber cereal and bake it. You’ll increase the fiber content of the meal significantly and cut out the oils from frying.
Replacing your carbs is an easy way to make your mac and cheese healthier — swap out the macaroni with chopped up butternut squash. It’s high in fiber, vitamin A, and potassium.
You don’t have to ditch donuts, but you need to ditch the fryer. Baking your donuts cuts out all that oil that gets infused through deep-frying.
Swap out lasagna noodles for thinly sliced eggplant slices. It adds volume without adding carbs and it’s loaded with antioxidants.
Start with baked chips to lower the fat content, and load on lots of veggies. Instead of smothering your nachos with chili, try soy crumbles for a savory flavor without the guilt.
Instead of potatoes, use cauliflower for your gratin. You’ll get a similar look and texture, plus cauliflower is a great source of sulforaphane, a compound that exhibits anti-cancer properties.
Cook up a brown rice stir-fry. Brown rice is a fiber-packed whole grain to keep you feeling fuller longer than regular white rice.
Choose multi-grain waffles, and replace the sugary syrup and butter with a bit of honey and nut butter.
Swap out half the fat in your chocolate cake with apple sauce. For example, if the recipe calls for ½ cup of oil, use ¼ cup oil and ¼ apple sauce. You’ll cut down on fat and get a nutrient burst along with it.
Lighten up your cheesecake with Greek yogurt in place of cream cheese. Greek yogurt contains probiotics to keep your gut happy.