Easy Ingredient Substitutions That Make Your Meals Healthier

Eating healthier can be easy if you know which foods to substitute. Bread, burger patties, pasta noodles, and even ice cream can be substituted for healthier alternatives. The best part? You will hardly taste a difference, and some might be more delicious than the original! Here are healthy food substitutions that are easy and seamless.

Forget Soy Burgers; Use Black Beans

While red meat is healthy in moderation, too much can raise your risk of heart disease, says the American Heart Association. While some impossible burgers use soy, you can make patties out of black beans.

A vegan black bean burger sits on a plate.
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Black beans are filled with protein, fiber, and antioxidants. In 2015, a study in Nutrients determined that black beans can delay heart disease. After rinsing the beans, you can mash them or put them in a food processor. Flavor the patties with garlic, onions, peppers, or spices. Mold them into patties and toss them on the grill!