Do you ever feel like it’s impossible to eat healthier and stop eating processed ingredients because all your recipes have these things in them?
I’ve been there.
Have you started cutting out processed food, but wish you could still enjoy some of your favorite recipes, just without all the processed gunk?
Don’t worry…you can.
I realized the other day that I now just automatically make real food substitutions when I’m cooking from a recipe without even thinking about it anymore. It might seem hard at first, but it gets much easier over time.
Trying to eat healthier and avoiding processed foods was really overwhelming for me starting out, because I realized almost everything I used to cook with was processed. I’m making this list hoping that it will make your journey just a little easier. Here are some of the ingredients I switch out most often.
Real Food Substitutions
|If the recipe calls for this:||Use this instead|
|vegetable oil or canola oil||olive oil or coconut oil|
|shortening||rendered pork fat (lard) or coconut oil|
|sugar||raw honey or pure maple syrup|
|white flour||white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat|
|white pasta||homemade whole wheat pasta, or store-bought whole wheat pasta|
|canned beef, chicken, or vegetable stock||homemade Chicken Stock or Beef Stock Recipe|
|bouillon cubes||homemade Chicken Stock or Beef Stock Recipe|
|cream of "__" soup||homemade cream of "__" soup|
|canned veggies||fresh or frozen veggies|
|canned fruit||fresh or frozen fruit|
|flavored yogurt||plain greek yogurt, and then add your own fruit/honey|
|low-fat diary||full-fat diary|
|corn starch||arrowroot powder|
Eating real food has made me much more comfortable making substitutions in recipes. What do you substitute most often? Lets keep the list going in the comments.
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