5 Healthier Food Substitutes for Everyday Cooking

Eating healthy is not an easy thing. After all, there are hundreds and hundreds of ingredients that we use in our daily cooking routines and not all of them are good for our bodies. Which is why we here at FoodyBuddy are going to help you out.

Today, we discuss some healthy ingredients you can use in your pantry without compromising on that great taste you have become famous for. So, without any further ado, let’s get into our list of 5 healthier food substitutes for everyday cooking:

#1) Himalayan Salt instead of Table Salt

Himalayan Salt

Strange as it may sound, the kind of salt you use in your dishes can have some noticeable health benefits. Take, for instance, Himalayan crystal salt. It has been found to contain over 80 trace elements in their natural forms, including magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, just to name a few.

While it may be difficult and expensive to source Himalayan salt abroad, it is cheap and easy to find in India!

#2) Brown Rice instead of White Rice

Brown Rice

All across India, and especially in South India,  it’s an understatement to say that rice is a staple food. It is consumed in great quantities on a daily basis. But, is white rice really the best option out there? Well, no. Brown rice holds that honour.

Brown rice has more antioxidants, more fiber, more minerals, and more vitamins. It’s a really really good healthy alternative to white rice.

#3) Coconut Oil instead of Vegetable Oil

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the best substitutes for vegetable oil mainly due to its relatively high saturated fat content. And, the majority of this saturated fat is made up of Medium-Chain Triglycerides which have proven to be hugely beneficial in weight loss efforts.

With the easy availability of coconut oil in India, it is a must-have product on all cooking shelves across the country.

#4) Honey instead of Sugar


India being the land of a million desserts and sweets, it comes as no surprise that sugar is a widely used ingredient. But, there is a healthier alternative, and that is honey. Yes, honey has more calories than sugar but is generally sweeter and you end up using less of it.

Not just that, honey has more nutrients than sugar while being far less processed. It is also much easier to digest, and most importantly, doesn’t raise the blood sugar count as quickly as sugar does.

Just make sure that the honey you’re buying doesn’t contain processed sugar as an ingredient, though, as this defeats the whole purpose of using honey as a substitute.

#5) Shirataki Noodles instead of Pasta

Shirataki Noodles

Who doesn’t love a good pasta, right? The only problem with the delicious Italian dish is that the actual pasta element is loaded with carbs. Luckily, there is a much healthier option in the form of Shirataki Noodles.

Originating in Japan, these so-called Miracle Noodles actually live up to their name. They are a high-fiber food that contain no calories or carbs. Why not try a Spaghetti and Meat Balls with shirataki noodles instead of regular ol’ pasta today?

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