OT - Tone-up Tuesday
Happy Tuesday, STalkers!!
I'm going to change it up a little bit and talk about healthy FOOD. Specifically, food substitutes. We all know there are tons of foods out there that are BAD for us. Foods we feel guilty about eating - especially after "I can't believe I ate the whote thing". Foods that are our guilty pleasure (put that Girl Scout Thin Mint DOWN!!!).
So what, if any, healthy substitutes do you have? Even for food that are not necessarily UNhealthy, but ones in which we overindulge? Maybe - like me - you're trying to incorporate healthier foods into your diet (my goal is to eat more veggies).
Here are some of mine...
Oh, I can eat the HE!! out of pasta. Nom nom nom!!! Surprisingly, zoodles have come to my rescue! For those who don't know it, zoodles are Zucchini Noodles - zucchini that has been spiralized into noodles. I squeeze as much liquid out of them as possible, heat a scant tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil in a skillet, and toss in my zoodles. Sprinkle on some garlic powder and oregano, saute for a few minutes, then add marinara, heat it up, and top with freshly shaved parmesan. Yum!! Sometimes I saute some shrooms before adding the zoodles. If I want protein, I saute some steak strips before the zoodles (or add already-cooked), add a can of clams, or some salad shrimp.
No, I do NOT have a substitute for chocolate. DARK chocolate has health benefits, so if you can limit yourself to one or two squares of dark chocolate, more power to you! When I'm fiending for chocolate, I MELT those 2 squares of dark chocolate and drizzle them over banana slices, strawberries slices, or fresh pineapple chunks.
Again, I have no substitute. However, RED wine is something else with health benefits. A glass of red wine is a perfect match to that zoodle recipe I make.
If I want the TASTE of red wine and not an entire glass, I put in in my food. My fave on-the-fly recipe...
Slice 4-6 oz of beef tenderloin into strips. Slice up some shrooms. Add a tablespoon of butter or butter-flavored cooking spray to a pan. Add the beef and shrooms and seasonings (I use garlic and rosemary), Cook until the beef is no longer oozing blood. Add 2 oz of your favorite red, toss to mix. Add a teaspoon of flour to thicken the sauce. Serve over riced cauliflower.
What substitutes do YOU make?