Diet & Nutrition

9 hacks to turn traditionally unhealthy winter foods healthy


Winter may be the season of stodgy food but it doesn’t need to spell the end of good nutrition. These simple hacks will give you the comfort food without the guilt.

It may be the time of year we can’t wait to cosy up with some comfort food, but just because it’s chilly outside doesn’t mean we can slack on our wellness journeys!

The good news is there’s so many healthy swaps you can do to fill those cravings without skipping on your daily nutrition.

Lite N Easy have provided nine of their top food hacks that make traditionally unhealthy foods, healthy – and they will surprise you.

Like what you see? Sign up to our bodyandsoul.com.au newsletter for more stories like this.

Cashews

We use cashews in soup to make it creamy and add nutrition so we can use less cream! This means we use less saturated fat is heart healthy.

Orange Juice

We use orange juice to add sweetness to cakes and cut down on sugar – it also adds Vitamin C!

Chocolate

We use good quality chocolate chips, we’re able to get maximum flavour and enjoyment from smaller servings which means less calories! A little goes a long way.

Evaporated Milk

Lite n’ Easy uses evaporated milk in some of our soups and sauces which gives a creamy texture, great flavour, and a protein boost without the extra fat and calories if you were to use a normal cream.

Sweet Potato

Instead of butter, we use sweet potato to create a cake that’s not only delicious, but is actually good for you as well. Not to mention most people you serve this to will never even know it contains a hidden serve of veggies!

Beans

In this recipe, we’re replacing the beef Bolognese with a veggie rage. And the secret ingredient is refried beans – because the beans are pureed, so you wouldn’t even know they’re there! Perfect for people who think they don’t like legumes! It’s also a great source of protein and fibre, and is a great prebiotic for gut health.

Mashed Banana

Mashed banana is used to add great flavour to our bakery items, and instead of butter to reduce the fat. Adding mashed banana also reduces the amount of sugar.

Apple Puree

Using apple puree is a great natural sweetener to include in baked items as it replaces the need for too much sugar and fat. It’s full of fibre and helps with keeping baked items moist and fluffy!

Mashed Potato

Adding egg to mashed potato to create creaminess rather than using better – this adds more protein!