There are a ton of healthy alternatives for the bad-for-us meals we've come to know. We’re talking about noodles made from vegetables, tater tots with a veggie substitutes, and the list of veggie hacks goes on and on. It all comes down to eating more vegetables to cut calories from your everyday diet. So, check out the following veggie hacks we’ve pulled together for your healthy-minded eating pleasure!
1. Zucchini Noodles
(Recipe from ThePioneerWoman.com)
This noodles recipe employs zucchinis as your source of noodles, and as effect brings in a wave of newfound healthy veggie-driven side effects. Zucchini’s are an excellent source of vitamin C, which is directly responsible for protecting your body against the damaging effects of free radicals and also helps your body metabolize cholesterol to ensure your tissues remain tough.
2. Parmesan Cauliflower Tater Tots
(Recipe from EatingWell.com)
These crispy tater tots make for the perfect accompaniment to your next movie night, and are especially tasty when dipped in ketchup or spicy BBQ sauce. We’ll add that the cauliflower included in this recipe clocks in at just 29 calories per cup, and also contains vitamin K, which provides anti-inflammatory benefits.
3. Eggplant Lasagna
(Recipe from PaleoMagazine.com)
This lasagna swaps eggplant for traditional strips of pasta to provide you 10% of your daily fiber needs and 2% of your magnesium needs per cup—all at just 20 calories a cup. Lasagna’s long been notorious as a carb-packed bandit, so try out this eggplant-based dish as a healthy alternative.
4. Asian Lettuce Wraps
(Recipe from FoodNetwork.com)
By simply swapping lettuce for your traditional 12-inch tortilla, you cut as much as 115 calories from your next wrap. Let’s be real here, that 12-inch tortilla’s practically tasteless, yet it hits you with a 120 calories. Eat smart and seek out the healthier alternative here. You won’t regret it.
5. Portobello Mushroom Pizzas
(Recipe from LifeAsAStrawberry.com)
I always knew Portobello mushrooms were shaped the way they are for a higher purpose—yes, to allow for us pizza fiends to enjoy so much of what makes a pizza great without all the carb-packed guilty pleasure. What’s more is that Portobello mushrooms contain quite a bit of fiber per 100 gram serving—about 2 grams-which in turn helps moderate your cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
6. Baked Veggie Chips
(Recipe from RachaelRayMag.com)
Someone out there gets it. The most troubling problem with opening a bag of chips is willing yourself to not proceed to empty it with an alarming reckless abandon, because they’re just that good. Simply put, it’s hard to eat chips in reasonable quantities. Fortunately, these baked veggie chips provide all the crunch you could ever ask for without the micro-processed, high-fat ingredients don't want.
7. Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese
(Recipe from PopSugar.com)
If only we could enjoy the warm and cheesy comfort dish without the voice in the back of our heads telling us that we might’ve fallen off the healthy eating wagon. Oh wait, now we can. This gluten free and pasta-less mac and cheese recipe uses cauliflower as a worthy and healthy substitute. Can we get a woohoo!?
8. Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
(Recipe from PopSugar.com)
Keeping with cauliflower as our healthy veggie substitution, we present you with the cauliflower-based mashed potatoes. This recipe comes together more quickly than your traditional and unhealthier mashed potatoes recipe—we’re talking just 20 minutes—and only weighs in at a mere 106 calories! You might just have to go back for guilt-free seconds after all.