Cook smarter for the holidays this year

During the holidays, few people pay attention to calories and a healthy diet, so then the rest of the year we struggle with the accumulated kilograms that are not so easy to lose. What do you think you are cooking smarter for the holidays this year?

The fact is that during the winter we indulge in the charms of traditional specialties, fried meat, baking, cakes, pasta… Today we bring you tips on how to replace certain foods with healthier ones and thus at least slightly reduce the number of calories consumed during the holidays.

Pumpkin instead of spaghetti

If you want to prepare pasta as a side dish, replace it with nutmeg. How? When the nutmeg is baked in the oven, simply grate its meat with a fork and you will get the perfect shape of spaghetti, just a much healthier variant. One cup of pumpkin spaghetti contains only 42 calories and 10 g of carbohydrates, while plain pasta contains 221 calories for the same amount. A huge difference, you will notice.

Oats instead of flour and bread crumbs

If you want to fry something for the holidays, use oatmeal instead of the standard bread crumbs, which will give a completely new texture to the fried chicken. Also, in the dough, you can replace half of the white flour with oatmeal.

The bread crumbs we normally use are mostly industrially processed, while oats are a whole grain and will provide you with fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Coconut milk instead of neutral sour cream

If you replace pavalaka for cooking with coconut milk, you will not only get a new, tropical taste in your dishes, but the dish will be much healthier. Since coconut milk is quite rare, put it in the fridge overnight and in the morning you will see that a thin liquid has separated at the top, simply pour it out and you will be left with thick milk, similar to cooking sour cream. This will give you the desired density.

If you add a little honey and vanilla extract to such thick coconut milk, it will also be used for cakes instead of sweet sour cream.


Flax seeds instead of eggs

Eggs serve as “connective tissue” in baking cakes, but they are not the only ones that can perform this task. Ground flax seeds mixed with water can be a great substitute for eggs. As a substitute for one egg, use one tablespoon of ground flax seeds mixed with three tablespoons of water.

This is great advice for those who fast.


Banana and avocado instead of butter or oil

Banana will not only give your cakes sweetness, but also moisture, so they can easily replace oil or butter, and since there is no fat, it is clear that it is a much healthier option. You can use avocado in the same way.

In the end, we recommend that you replace the usual white flour with healthier options that are offered today, and there really are many.

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