Slash those Calories: Turn your Favourite Comfort Foods into Healthy & Nutritious Delights

Losing weight doesn’t always have to be complicated and challenging. All you have to do is eat all the right fat-burning nutrients, and maintain a regular exercise regime so you burn more than you eat. We’ve picked out all the delicious natural foods to replace the unhealthy ingredients in your favourite comfort foods.

Here’s all you need to munch on your favourite delights without worrying about the calories:

Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini is one of the most flavourful and nutritious vegetables, and if you’re a hardcore spaghetti addict, this little trick can help you slash the calories and enjoy your favourite dish guilt-free. All you need is a vegetable peeler, or a mandolin if you have one, to turn your zucchini into thinly slice spaghetti-like noodles.

Just slice and cut up some thin strips of this juicy vegetable, and toss it into your regular pasta dish. You can enjoy it with healthy garlic-loaded white sauce, roasted shrimps or even a rich tomato sauce. Zucchini can also be used as an incredibly healthy and delicious alternative for carb-loaded pastas and lasagnes.

Creativity with Cauliflower

Cauliflower is the ultimate veggie to cut down your calories and ensure your meal doesn’t lack flavour. Instead of a calorie-ridden yeast crust, create your pizza with a healthy cauliflower crust that will fill up your body with countless minerals and antioxidants.

Cauliflower rice is also an incredibly healthy alternative for white rice. You see, white rice happens to be one of the most widely consumed fastest carbs, which are directly absorbed into sugar by the body. By alternating white rice and yeast with cauliflower will cut down your calories, along with improving your blood sugar levels and cleansing your skin from deep within.

So, it’s time to get creative with DIY vegetable rice recipe. All you need is a food processor, some cauliflower and a few drops of olive oil. Toss in the cauliflower into the processor, along with pulses, pureed pumpkin and a generous coating of olive oil. You can even add in some bell peppers and spices to make a delicious treat of roasted cauliflower rice.

Mushrooms Instead of Ham

Who doesn’t love a giant-sized, juicy and cheese-dripping hamburger? But what about all those waist-thickening calories and heart-damaging carbs that it will add to your body? Here’s an easy trick to enjoy a juicy burger without the added calories: replace the carbs with two slices of Portobello mushrooms. If you’re a vegan, this is an amazing trick of loading up your body with energizing nutrients, along with enjoying a savoury meat-like texture.

Portobello mushrooms are an incredibly delightful treat with an extremely low concentration of calories, and countless nutrients. Therefore, it is best to pick it as a substitute for all your beef and pork-based recipes. It will definitely be a star ingredient for a scrumptious barbecue affair. We suggest you to fix yourself a hearty and healthy meal of Portobello mushroom cheese burgers with roasted cashews.

Kale Fries

If you’re desperately trying to shed off those awful unwanted pounds, kale is one superfood that you need to swear by. Fitness addicts, like Kate Hudson and Gwenyth Paltrow, have volumes to say about the effectiveness of this flavour-packed veggie at speeding up weight loss.

Now, if you’re a hardcore fan of French fries, here’s an amazing way to enjoy your favourite treat minus the calories: just cut up some kale into thin slice and sauté it with your favourite herbs, spices and olive oil. Lastly, sprinkle on some parmesan or sharp cheddar, and toss them into the oven so they get nicely crisp, just the way you like ‘em.

Lettuce Wraps

We all share a mutual addiction for tacos, tortillas and burritos, but the sad part is that all these tempting comfort foods are loaded with hundreds of calories, particularly the wraps. But if you replace the carb-loaded wrap with a healthy and antioxidant-rich lettuce wrap, you can slash away the calories and enjoy your favourite comfort food without any guilt whatsoever.

You can replace your wheat wraps with a lettuce wrap, and devour it with tuna or turkey for lunch. Make it exactly like you make your usual burritos, just focus on adding healthy toppings. A tuna avocado lettuce wrap sounds like a terrific treat, doesn’t it?

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are loaded with beta carotene, vitamin A and countless antioxidants that aid in melting fat and enhancing the beauty of the skin. They are extremely low in calories, which makes them a terrific alternative for your calorie-packed mashed potatoes and oil-soaked fries.

You can add them to your salads with some carrots, avocado and chickpeas. Or bake some sweet potatoes as a healthy side-line to accompany your meal. If you’re craving a snack in between meals, munch on a healthy treat of roasted carrots and baked sweet potatoes along with a spicy hummus dip.