The kitchen is a place of comfort and creativity for a lot of people. We turn to it for sustenance, to try something new, to make something sweet or savory—it’s often considered the heart of the home. If you want to make your home a little healthier this year, start in the kitchen. Just making the shift to these simple kitchen swaps for organic ingredient alternatives can help you make healthier dishes from the ground up. If you’re looking for a subtle healthy shift in the kitchen, look below.
Fade Out Your Flour
If your go-to in the kitchen is white flour, then it’s time to make the easy—yet way healthier—shift to organic whole-wheat flour. You’ll hardly notice a difference! You could also spice it up and opt for a gluten-free flour instead. Protein-packed nut flours or high-fiber brown rice flours are great options that will sustain your family.
Protect Your Peanut Butter
If you’re in love with peanut butter (like most people), then it’s time to ensure you’re making the healthy choice. Products such as Jif and Skippy may be tasty, but they’re full of additional sugars and oils made from GMO ingredients. Opt for organic peanut butter or other nut butters, such as almond butter or sunflower seed butter, instead of sugar-forward peanut butters. Helpful hint: look for jars that list the nut as the only ingredient.
Zoom for Zoodles
Pasta is a staple, but sometimes it’s a good idea to switch out processed noodles for a healthier, organic option—such as zucchini noodles. Zoodles can give your dinner a healthier boost with the perfect amount of crunch. They have fewer carbs and more nutrients than traditional pasta, so it’s a swap you’ll want to make.
Hone in on Honey
When it comes to the sugar you use in baking and other recipes, you may be doing yourself a disservice with your current sugar option. Replace your white sugar with an organic, healthier option. Raw honey, for example, is a healthier option that’s better for the environment and helps save the bees. You can also try things such as coconut sugar—either way, you want to steer clear of artificial sweeteners.
Switch Your Salt
Another simple kitchen swap you could make in favor of an organic ingredient alternative is your salt. You don’t have to get rid of this kitchen staple entirely, but some alternatives are better for your health. For example, you could trade your highly processed salt for coarse sea salt, or you can emphasize the flavor of a dish by chopping up some fresh or dried herbs and mixing that with the salt.