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Check Your Health: Create a Healthier Recipe

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Check Your Health - Creating Healthier Recipes

(KUTV) If you've made a commitment to eat healthier in the new year, but your family still wants their favorite recipes - including some that may not be as healthy as you'd like - we have a solution. Joy Musselman, registered dietitian nutritionist at Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital explains how making some simple modifications to those recipes can leave both you and your family happy.

There are three ways of modifying a recipe to be healthier. Focus on modifying recipes that you use regularly as opposed to recipes that you only prepare once in a while.

ADD:
Often, you can add healthier ingredients such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables to a dish to make it healthier. Examples would be: adding peppers, onions, and mushrooms to your sloppy joes or adding black beans to your taco meat.

REPLACE:
Sometimes you can replace a less healthy ingredient with a healthier one. For instance, replacing some of the sugar and fat in baked goods with applesauce or replacing white rice with brown rice or replacing noodles with "zoodles".

ELIMINATE:
There are times when you can eliminate a less nutritious ingredient altogether. As an example, you can eliminate the salt in many dishes and just add pepper to taste. You could also eliminate a part of an ingredient (like sugar) and opt to use less.


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