Check Your Health: Create a Healthier Recipe

Check Your Health - Creating Healthier Recipes

(KUTV) If you've made a commitment to eat healthier in the new year, but your family still wants their favorite recipes - including some that may not be as healthy as you'd like - we have a solution. Joy Musselman, registered dietitian nutritionist at Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital explains how making some simple modifications to those recipes can leave both you and your family happy.

There are three ways of modifying a recipe to be healthier. Focus on modifying recipes that you use regularly as opposed to recipes that you only prepare once in a while.

Often, you can add healthier ingredients such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables to a dish to make it healthier. Examples would be: adding peppers, onions, and mushrooms to your sloppy joes or adding black beans to your taco meat.

Sometimes you can replace a less healthy ingredient with a healthier one. For instance, replacing some of the sugar and fat in baked goods with applesauce or replacing white rice with brown rice or replacing noodles with "zoodles".

There are times when you can eliminate a less nutritious ingredient altogether. As an example, you can eliminate the salt in many dishes and just add pepper to taste. You could also eliminate a part of an ingredient (like sugar) and opt to use less.