9 Upgrades for Healthier Meals

FOOD  |  July 01, 2016
  • 1. SNEAK GRAINS INTO YOUR SALAD
    1 / 9 1. SNEAK GRAINS INTO YOUR SALAD

    Quinoa, millet, cous cous and brown rice are great additions to your salad. They’re tiny yet filling, and they soak up flavour and liquids really well so you don’t end up with soggy greens.

    [Also Read: What Makes A Healthy Salad?]

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  • 8. MAKE BETTER MASH AND FRIES
    2 / 9 8. MAKE BETTER MASH AND FRIES

    Instead of using regular potatoes, you can make fries or mash with plenty of other healthier root veggies. Try antioxidant-packed purple or orange sweet potato, low calorie mineral-rich celeriac, or vitamin-filled parnips.

    [Also Read: 7 Root Vegetables with Health Benefits]

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  • 6. MAKE A BREAKFAST POPSICLE
    3 / 9 6. MAKE A BREAKFAST POPSICLE

    Half-fill a bowl with yogurt, add oats and chopped fruit and mix. Spoon everything into popsicle molds and freeze overnight and you’ll have a delicious snack that’s way better than regular ice cream.

    [Also Read: A Tasty and Healthy Recipe for Overnight Oats]

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  • 2. POWER PACK YOUR SMOOTHIE
    4 / 9 2. POWER PACK YOUR SMOOTHIE

    Up your veggie and nut intake by adding them to your smoothies. Cashews and almonds have a light flavour and make your drink deliciously thick. Kale and spinach are also good options to boost your shake. Adding a cup won’t really affect the taste of your drink, however, it might turn your blend a bit green!

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  • 5. CUT DOWN ON MEAT
    5 / 9 5. CUT DOWN ON MEAT

    Bulk up meatballs and stews with chopped veggies or grains like brown rice, millet or barley. You’ll get a lot more fibre, cut down your cholesterol intake and save on meat!

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  • 7. SWAP YOUR FATS
    6 / 9 7. SWAP YOUR FATS

    Instead of butter or mayonnaise, use avocado as a spread for your sandwich. For an extra tasty kick, add sliced scallions, or sprinkle some crushed cumin or sesame seeds, salt and red chilli flakes.

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  • 4. UPGRADE YOUR CAKES
    7 / 9 4. UPGRADE YOUR CAKES

    We can’t get poppy seeds in Singapore for whipping up breads and yummy citrusy cakes with a light crunch. However, nutrition-packed chia seeds are a great alternative, and they contain a good amount of fibre, omega fatty acids and essential minerals.

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  • 3. SWITCH LOW NUTRITION CARBS FOR VEGGIES
    8 / 9 3. SWITCH LOW NUTRITION CARBS FOR VEGGIES

    Spiralize veggies to replace pasta, swap burger buns for portobello mushroom caps or lettuce leaves, make a healthier lasagna with eggplant slices instead of lasagna sheets, or chop up cauliflower in a food processor as a replacement for rice. You could also combine the ground up cauliflower with an egg and some garlic powder to make a pizza base.

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  • 9. USE UP LEFTOVER GREENS
    9 / 9 9. USE UP LEFTOVER GREENS

    If you have herbs and veggies that are too wilted to use in a salad, throw them into a soup. After boiling, blend everything up to make a thick, flavourful mix. Leftover greens also make a good pesto with the addition of some nuts and garlic.

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