Making meals healthier the OAMM way
Andrea over at Mommy Snacks hosts a Fat Burnin’ Friday each, I know this will be a shocker, Friday! She talks about weight loss, healthy snacks and general ways to lose weight and burn fat. I thought it would be fun to contribute the OAMM way!
When I create Once A Month Mom menus I am often keeping in mind how to make healthy meals for my family. However, when I post the menus I post the recipe as is, that way the makers can make healthy adjustments to them as they see fit. A recipe may not initially present as super healthy but there are a lot of adjustments that you can make to make the menu a healthy option for your family. These are a few of the things that we do to make our dishes healthier.
- Use non-fat or light dairy products such as sour cream and yogurt. (I usually don’t use low-fat cheese as I have found that it doesn’t melt as well).
- Use whole wheat pasta instead of regular.
- Use whole wheat flour instead of white flour.
- Use brown rice instead of white.
- Other than in meatloaves and hamburgers, I use ground turkey in place of ground beef.
- Use low-sodium broths, soups and soy sauce.
These simple steps help to take out extra calories and carbohydrates that we don’t necessarily need in our diet.
Some of you might say, “Why not just make the Once A Month Mom menu with the healthy ingredients to start with?” Well, good question. I suppose the reason I leave them as is for the menu is that, first of all, we are using other people’s recipes and I don’t want to take away from what they have created. Also, everyone’s diet is different. Someone may need to substitute sugars because of being diabetic, or certain meats, or certain veggies. There are always going to be “exceptions” and I am just counting on the users of the menus to make the adjustments that they need, including me.
And let’s remember also, because we are cooking these meals and have them available at a moments notice we should be eating out less. Right? If so, we are automatically doing our bodies a favor! So keep that in mind too!
So how about you? Have you made any adjustments to the menu items to make the recipes healthier for you and your family?
And if you think of it go ahead and stop by Fat Burnin’ Friday for some motivation for getting healthy.