This post is written in partnership with Walmart.
To say our entire team is eager to welcome 2021 and all that it brings is an understatement.
While we always look forward to fresh starts, this year we’re welcoming what we’re calling the tiny tweak: low-lift changes we can make to our diets to feel energized and healthy for the year ahead.
As food writers and recipe developers, it’s easy to get stuck in our ways when it comes to ingredients, but one of the simplest changes you can make is an ingredient swap, and thankfully Walmart+ makes it super simple to get your favorite high-quality ingredients delivered or shipped with ease!
Greek Yogurt Rules
We’re guessing you’ve heard of using yogurt in sauces or salad dressings instead of mayonnaise or sour cream, but take things up a notch in 2021 by reaching for creamy Greek yogurt instead. It’s not just a good substitute, it can really elevate your recipe into a silky, creamy masterpiece. Take our word for it.
Cutting Down on Red Meat
There are a lot of reasons folks look to cut down on red meat. Whether your reason is health or the environment, our team is vowing to reach for ground turkey or chicken more often this year. Or an alternative ground meat (our Marketing Director, Megan, loves Beyond Meat crumbles) instead.
Depending on your recipe, there’s a good chance your crew won’t even notice and an even better chance you’ll feel more energized because of it.
How are you feeling about the cauliflower trend? Half of our team were never converts while the other half have passionately welcomed riced cauliflower and cauliflower mashed potatoes into their lives.
Why? It’s an easy way to integrate more veggies into your week, and these days it’s super accessible in most grocery stores (have you seen the frozen packages of cauliflower rice? So easy).
If you’ve got picky eaters who’ll call you out here, mix half cauliflower rice and half regular rice and we have a hunch no one will be the wiser.
Amping up Pasta Sauce
Not strictly a swap as such, but Claudia, our Community Manager, loves to finely shred zucchini and carrots into jarred pasta sauce to boost the nutrition and get more veggies on the plate. She finds when it comes to noodles, her (five!) kids don’t even notice.
Embrace Alternative Flours
A few of our contributing writers like to swap white whole wheat flour for all-purpose flour in easy baked goods for their families.
whole wheat angel hair pasta in place of spaghetti. It’s high in fiber and the texture is more similar to a standard pasta than a whole wheat version of spaghetti noodles.