4 dishes that sound unhealthy but aren’t

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There are some meals that sound like they wouldn’t be approved by any sane dietitian, but with a simple ingredient swap or change, can actually pass for an entirely reasonable dish.

Here are 4 you can try!

 Chocolate mousse

Chocolate mousse is the epitome of indulgence, but with one secret ingredient, you can enjoy that rich taste without any need for guilt. That secret ingredient is the humble avocado, and its creamy texture makes for a perfect mousse base instead of the traditional cream. Simply mix the following items in a blender and enjoy.

– 1 ripe avocado

– 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

– ¼ cup almond milk (or low fat milk)

– 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup, to taste

– 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract

Potato salad 

Potato salad – and potatoes in general – often get confused as an unhealthy food source because they are high in carbohydrates. In fact, they are a great source of potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B-6 and fibre. When used in salads, other ingredients are often high in fat, too, such as mayonnaise. Try out this recipe from Cookie and Kate for serving a fantastic potato salad that doesn’t deserve the bad rap it often attracts. Here’s everything you need:

– 1 kg small new potatoes, scrubbed and sliced

– 1 tablespoon

– ¼ cup olive oil

– 1/3 cup lightly fresh parsley, chopped

– 1/3 cup roughly chopped green onions

– 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

– 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

– 2 cloves garlic

– 3 stalks celery, chopped

– Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Scrambled eggs

Eggs are another staple that have taken more flack than they deserve. The yolks are high in cholesterol with roughly 186mg each, which is how they came be known as more of a ‘sometimes food’. That said, a healthy person can have up to seven eggs per week. As for the rest of the ingredients in scrambled eggs, you can make this breakfast dish far unhealthier than it is with cream and grated cheese.

For a start, use a ratio of three egg whites to one whole egg. Each egg white is just 16 calories, whereas a whole egg is 72 calories. Trade cream and butter for skim milk and plain or Greek yoghurt, and ramp up the flavour with salt and pepper and paprika or parsley.

Hamburgers

We all know that a take-away burger isn’t the healthiest meal option, but when you make one at home, it can actually pack quite a nutritious punch. Look for lean or extra-lean meat to make the patty, use a high-fibre grain or wholemeal bread bun, stack up the tomato, lettuce, mushroom, onion and other fresh produce fillings, swap cheddar cheese for feta or another lower-fat option, and stick to sauces such as sweet chilli or BBQ instead of mayonnaise.

They’re all small changes, but if you look at all the parts of a hamburger, you can make it a lot healthier than the usual greasy option!

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