Healthy Versions of Your Favorite Recipes

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Let me start by saying, I’m the queen of indulgence. You give me a tray of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, and I eat them like they’re chips. Seriously. I give the cookie monster a run for his money. But growing up, my parents always taught me to have balance when it comes to strictly appeasing your taste buds and fueling your body with the right nutrients. And it’s a health limbo I’ve made a home in ever since.

But if there’s one thing I’ve learned after years of trial and error, it’s that with enough creativity (and Google), you can turn any of your favorite comfort foods into a healthy dish. So when you’re feeling savory but want to keep it low cal, you’ve got options. To save you the trouble of unnecessary web surfing, I’ve scoured the internet for top-rated healthy recipes (and thrown in a few CircleAround originals) and put them all in one place. So, without further ado, here are the healthy versions of some of your favorite recipes.


This recipe by Lisa Bryan of Downshiftology features a low-carb and keto-friendly pizza that transports you to Italy’s shores with its fresh ingredients. Lisa shows you how to make your own cauliflower pizza crust, or you can save time by picking one up at your local supermarket.


It feels near impossible to turn a traditionally decadent dish healthy, but indeed, Stacey of My Kids Lick the Bowl has managed to master a nutritious mac. While cheese and milk are still used, the vegetable-dense meal serves six and is under 300 calories per serving.


Everyone loves a good fried-up chicken, but Skinny Taste knows how to make the baked version (aka healthier version) just as yummy. Pair this recipe with a healthier pasta choice (think edamame pasta, blackbean pasta, chickpea pasta, zucchini noodles, etc.) and you’ll curb your craving.


Brought to you by our very own Agatha Achindu, she presents a healthier spin on the family favorite and cuts all processed ingredients with this healthy banana bread recipe. Plus, it’s gluten-free!


You didn’t think I was going to skip this, did you? With a five-star rating on Google and almost 300 reviews, I think it’s safe to say Arman Liew of The Big Man’s World has perfected the healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe. The cookies are completely free of white flour, eggs, sugar and grains.


If you’re riding the keto train, CircleAround author Allie Nelson has you covered. This delectable summer pie is low-carb, gluten-free and sugar-free, and according to Nelson, is one of the few desserts that doesn’t flare up her chronic inflammation and prediabetes.

Tags: Healthy Recipes, Quick Recipe Ideas, Desserts, Baking

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