Healthier Alternatives

Quick switches for healthy living

With the Christmas holidays being a time for celebrating with family over a large indulgent meal, it can be easy to loose track of maintaining a healthy diet. This year, The Foodie has got you covered – with two lighter alternatives to your favourite treats!

TOP TIP: Switch pizza dough for whizzed up and baked cauliflower:

This allows you to pile on the delicious toppings with the comforting thought that not only are you getting another of your five-a-day but also are not filling up on unhealthy white dough.

If you want to try making this at home follow this delicious recipe (Source).

Cauliflower Pizza

To make one pizza you’ll need:

  • 1 small cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup grated mozzarella
  • 1tsp dried oregano
  • 1 big clove crushed garlic
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of salt & pepper


  • Tomato pizza sauce
  • About a cup of grated mozzarella
  • 1 big pinch of dried oregano
  • Any toppings you want


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 220C/430F and pop a large, flat baking tray in there to get hot too.
  2. Grate your cauliflower until you’re left with ‘rice’
  3. Cover with a plate and put it into the microwave for four minutes.
  4. Afterwards, bring it out and tip onto a clean, dry tea towel to cool down.
  5. While it cools grate your cheese and put it in a large mixing bowl.
  6. Once the cauliflower is cool enough to handle, pull up the edges of your towel and wring all the moisture out of the cauliflower.
  7. Throw it into the bowl with your cheeses.
  8. Add your oregano, garlic & egg.
  9. Stir it all together.
  10. Lay a piece of grease proof paper onto a chopping board and rub it with a bit of olive oil.
  11. Press your ‘dough’ into a pizza shape on the paper.
  12. Carefully remove your hot baking tray from the oven. Slide the paper and the base across onto the pan and put it back into the oven for about ten minutes.
  13. When golden brown, take it out.
  14. Smooth on your sauce, cheese, oregano & toppings (I went for prosciutto and sliced chilies.)
  15. Pop the whole thing back into the oven for about five minutes or until it’s all melted and bubbly.
  16. Add basil leaves on top.
  17.  Leave it to cool for a good five minutes and you’re ready to roll!


TOP TIP: Switch Ice cream for pureed frozen fruit:

Ice cream is a weird one, quite a lot of fat and sugar for arguably little satisfaction. For hot summer days or maybe movie nights this is a perfect healthier alternative.

A really quick and easy recipe idea is (Source):

5 minute Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yoghurt 


  • 4 cups frozen strawberries
  • 3 Tablespoons agave nectar or honey
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (non-fat or full fat)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  1. Add the frozen strawberries, agave nectar (which can also be substituted with honey), yoghurt and lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Process for about five minutes, until creamy.
  3. Serve the frozen yogurt immediately or transfer it to an airtight container. It can be stored in the freezer for up to one month.


Add additional agave nectar or honey if you want a sweeter-tasting dessert.

Fresh strawberries can be used in place of frozen, however the fresh strawberries must be frozen solid.

For more great recipe ideas, café recommendations, Christmas themed articles and ‘food for thought’ check out The Foodie magazine. On sale, on the Concourse, from Wednesday 9 December!

(Excerpts taken from ‘Ingredient Replacements’ article by Cecilia Shutter VII)