Food & nutrition

4 clever food swaps to try today

Small changes make a big difference! Try these ideas from the WW Kitchen team

In your meals…
The humble vegetable has undergone a massive makeover in the past year and the benefits of putting them centre stage are huge – you’ll get a multitude of additional vitamins and minerals in your diet and will reduce the SmartPoints value of your meals. Try using deliciously creamy cauliflower instead of potato in your mash, spiralised courgette instead of spaghetti or sliced butternut squash in place of lasagna sheets.

When you fancy a snack…
Snacks are an important part of any healthy eating plan, stopping hunger pangs and levelling dips in blood sugar. The tricky thing is getting these snacks right. Try swapping crisps for air-popped popcorn, but watch the toppings – add flavour with chilli powder or dried herbs rather than sugar or toffee.

In dressings…
We all know that creamy sauces and dressings are dripping in SmartPoints, but that doesn’t mean we have to kiss our favourite dishes goodbye! Try substituting cream and mayo for low-fat yogurt (choose Greek for a particularly creamy texture), crème fraîche or cream cheese. We love making pasta sauces with a dollop of Greek yogurt, and using cream cheese in our chicken pies.

When you’re cooking…
When it comes to healthy eating, it’s not just what you eat, but how you cook it. So next time you reach for the frying pan, try parcelling up your ingredients instead. Baking fish, chicken or vegetables ‘en papillote’ – in a sealed parcel of baking paper or kitchen foil – is a great way to retain both flavour and moisture.