New Year, New You! Well at least that’s what I keep telling myself. Of course living at Camden is a piece of cake but choosing not to eat a piece of cake is a whole different story! With the New Year come New Year’s resolutions that I tend not to keep but this year will be different. My new year’s goal for 2014 is eating healthier food alternatives. For me this is a big deal. I need to come up with healthier food alternatives for all meals of the day, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and of course snacks!
For breakfast as my healthier food alternative it is going to be flourless banana pancakes. How is that even possible? Well my friend all you need is 1 banana and 2 eggs. You will mush the banana then mix in the two eggs after. Pour mixture onto the hot pan cook as you would a normal pancake then you eat it…Guilt free!
Spaghetti squash is a good alternative for any meal throughout the day as a healthy eating alternative. The cooked squash flesh shreds into threads like thin spaghetti, hence its name. The squash should be an even light yellow color and firm with no bruises. Spaghetti squash is available year-round with peak season in fall.
Spaghetti squash has a very mild flavor, thus it is usually served with a sauce of some sort. It may also be enjoyed simply with salt and a bit of butter. Cooking the squash is very simple.
You will need:
• 1 spaghetti squash.
• Large sharp knife.
• Baking pan.
• Kitchen fork
-Prick the spaghetti squash all over with a metal skewer or fork so it will not burst while baking.
- Place whole squash in a shallow baking pan.
- Bake in preheated 375 F oven for 1 hour.
-Gently scrape the tines of a kitchen fork around the edge of the spaghetti squash to shred the pulp into strands.
Then place on a plate with your favorite spaghetti sauce and enjoy!
For snacks I have found replacing bad snacks for more fulfilling ones are better as a healthier eating alternative, here are some of my personal choices:
• A handful of almonds or peanuts instead of protein bars.
• Fresh fruit (apples, bananas, pears, berries etc.) instead of candy or sweets.
• Fresh, raw veggies (carrots, broccoli, beets) instead of salty, crunchy snacks.
• Baked chips instead of fried chips.
• Home-popped popcorn or rice cakes instead of store bought popcorn bags.