Five ways to give your favourite food a healthy makeover

Your favourite foods with less calories? Here are five ways to give them a healthy makeover.

There are healthy short cuts to make lasagne healthier.

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We all have those favourite foods that we know are bad for us but we just can’t seem to ditch. Here are some handy ways to healthify them so you don’t feel deprived.

  1. Lasagne

Vegetables will always taste better when you cover them in cheese. Make your lasagne go vego by ditching the beef and add your favourite vegetables. Have fun coming up with weird and wonderful veggie combos – try onion, zucchini, squash, peppers, chopped mushrooms, olives, spinach and carrots – 8 – 10 cups should do it. Keep the rest of the recipe the same but with less cheese ( most recipes overdo it) and you won’t even miss the meat.

2. Chicken Nuggets

Toss flower, garlic, salt, pepper and chicken pieces into a bag and toss them to coat. Whisk an egg and water in a separate bowl and add organic chicken pieces mixture. Press breadcrumbs into each piece of chicken and then fry in vegetable oil over medium-high heat for eight minutes. Serve while hot and voila! Bonus points for resisting the easy option of the McDonalds drive-thru.

      3. Fries

Make them out of carrots. Ingenious, right? Peel the carrots for a crispier experience or cut them into strips for a thicker fry. Toss them with olive oil and salt, spread in a single layer on a baking dish and cook for about ten minutes. You’ll get fibre and anti-oxidants but none of the grease

  4. Meatballs

Straight from Jessica Alba’s cookbook: mix turkey, panko, carrots, zucchini onion eggs and salt in a bowl and then roll into 1-inch meatballs. Cook in olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat for seven minutes, then add ½ cup of chicken broth and cook for another seven minutes. Increase the heat to medium and then cook uncovered until the broth is absorbed. Serve hot, eat guilt-free and think about Jessica’s bod.

     5. Pudding

Throw two peeled and pitted avocados and three ripe bananas into the food processor and blend until smooth. Add unsweetened cocoa powder and vanilla and mix until combined and then leave it in the fridge for two hours. And that’s it – four guilt-free desserts. It’s so easy it feels like cheating. Gotta love a good shortcut.

Meatballs can be a healthy snack.

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By Bondi Beauty Intern Yael Brender

Yael Brender

I am a freelance writer, dreamer and booklover. I write, rewrite, bang head against keyboard. Edit, re-edit, bang head against keyboard. I write for Bondi Beauty, Eat Drink Play, Warhol's Children and ZOS Magazine. Coffee is just as important as breathing, plus it makes me type faster! We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.

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