As a newlywed, I feel as if a whole new world has opened up for me. Probably the one of the least of my worries is what my husband is eating, but that hasn't stopped me from trying to change his habits. (I also don't recommend trying to change your husband, but that's another post.)
As I've entered the secret circle of wife-hood, it's as if all the other wives I know are now letting me in on the unspoken code of persuasion. Specifically, I have heard on several occasions of sneaky tricks women try with their food, in an attempt to get their husbands to eat healthier.
My and my husband's eating habits could not be more opposite from one another. When we eat, where we eat, how we eat, and what we eat are really on completely different playing fields. Also, for better or for worse, he is the better cook between the two of us. For the most part though, it's safe to say I, as most women, wear the apron in the relationship. And we women sure try hard to get our men to eat healthy.
It's all done out of love of course, but I tapped into the hat tricks of wives around me and found some sneaky ways to get the hubs (or kids) to eat healthier and love it without knowing it.
-What man doesn't love mashed potatoes? I personally along with a friend, have been known to use pureed cauliflower instead of potatoes. For you, there's no peeling or boiling involved! For him, he still gets the creamy texture he's expecting, and he'll load it up with bacon or cheese anyways.
-Don't be afraid to mix your meats. Several women have confided that they mix ground turkey with their ground beef/chuck, and their husbands have never known the difference.
-A little less subtle is the rice substitute. If you can, try to cook brown or wild rice instead of white. I think some men would be more likely to eat it if they were just told some dirt fell on the rice rather than it was a healthier version.
-Substituting applesauce in equal proportions for oil in any baking recipe will reduce calories and fat without without compromising texture or flavor.
- Greek yogurt is also a great sub for sour cream in most cases.
-If you can get away with it, mix in some kale or spinach with your regular lettuce. Or if your guy drinks smoothies, see if you can throw some in there, too!
- One of my personal favorites (that I used last night) is using vegetable noodles. There's an awesome brand of pasta (Garden Delight) that has half a serving of vegetables in each serving of pasta! He never knew what hit him!
All you married ladies, women with kids, or just healthy eaters, what are some more sneaky substitutes that you have tried on your family? Better yet, did they work or did you get caught?! We want our men around for a LONG time, so share with us some little ways to feed him healthy when we can!