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Now, who doesn’t crave fried chicken every once in a while? Maybe you are a chicken fried steak or coconut shrimp fan? That crunch is really what we crave!

So, there has to be a healthier way to get that crunch, right? YES! Here are some creative ways to cook your favorite fried meals, but with healthier ingredients. To be clear, adding no batter or breading to your meat is going to be the cleanest and healthiest option, BUT there is a time and place for everything…even fried chicken. 😄

 

Breaded Fish Fillets with Almond Flour

Almond flour is a great alternative to your typical breading because it is literally just ground up almonds, so you are getting the same nutrients as if you were eating the nut raw. Almonds are full of monounsaturated fat, protein, fiber and Vitamin E.

This is how you make it:

“To replicate the bread-crumb effect, whisk two whole eggs together in a dish. In another dish, mix one cup of almond flour with salt and pepper and any dried herbs you like. Dip fish fillets into the beaten eggs then into the almond flour until the fish is completely coated. Roast the fillets in the oven at 400°F for 10 minutes for thin fillets, and up to 15 minutes for thicker ones.” - Beachbody

 

Zucchini Fried with Flax Meal

Ever heard of flax meal? If you have a gluten intolerance, this is the perfect breading for you because it is a gluten-free flour alternative. You are going to get protein, fiber, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids ALA and antioxidant lignans. This ingredient is best consumed with water because it is rich in fiber, so pairing it with veggies like zucchini is a match made in heaven.

This is how you make it:

“Mix one cup of flax meal with salt and pepper, whisk two eggs together, then dip veggies — such as zucchini strips or rounds — in the egg mixture, then in the breading. Bake until golden and crispy at 375°F for 25–30 minutes.” - Beachbody

 

Battered Coconut Shrimp

Coconut flour is the perfect ingredient is you are looking to batter your meat instead of bread it. It contains magnesium, manganese, phosphorous and fatty acids, which help you feel full. It also contains five grams of fiber and two grams of protein per two tablespoons.

This is how you make it:

“To create a coconut flour batter, mix half of a cup of the flour with one egg, one and a half teaspoons baking powder, and salt and pepper. Dip shrimp (this recipe can coat 20–24 pieces of shrimp, depending on how large) into the batter and bake at 375°F for 20 minutes.” - Beachbody

 

Brown Rice Flour Chicken Fingers

Chicken fingers are a family favorite around my house, especially Raising Cane’s, but you can only indulge in that greasy goodness ever so often if you really want to reach your health goals. I wish it was the other way around, but we will have to live with the facts.

If you want a whole lot of protein and fiber, one cup of brown rice flour contains about 11 grams of protein and seven grams of fiber.

This is how you make it:

“To make chicken fingers: Mix half a cup of brown rice flour with one egg, one and a half teaspoons baking powder, salt and pepper. Add extra flavor with either smoked paprika or cayenne pepper, if desired. Dip chicken pieces in the batter, and bake at 375°F for 20 minutes for a delicate, crispy, kid-pleasing meal.” - Beachbody

 

I hope these baked and better-for-you recipes are helpful with your dinner plans to help your family stay healthy while also eating the meals they love!

 

Love, Melissa 

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