As healthy eaters and self-professed superfood addicts, there are things we make for dinner in the privacy of our own homes that we wouldn’t blame friends for passing on. Some foods, like ferments and seaweed, are acquired tastes. And some meals become staples in our diets just because they’re so good for us. We want those nutrients despite an “imperfect” flavor profile – to be polite.
The below recipes are outside that list of weird healthy dishes. These 12 gems are the kinds of healthy recipes we’re sure any of our friends would eat – and even ask for seconds. Have a friend or family member who is “health food averse?” Try a few of the below recipes, from donuts to pasta, and see if you can’t change their tune!
12 Healthy Recipes to Fool Non-Healthy Friends
THE DONUT: Coconut Fudge Protein Donuts | Stuffed with protein powder and packed with clean ingredients, we wern’t sure it was possible, but this donut recipe has converted some of our most hard-core friends!
THE CHEESE: Vegan Mac and Cheese | This mac n’ cheese recipe is no joke. Just as rich, filling and luscious as it’s full-fat, all-dairy counterpart, this is a recipe to get addicted to!
THE SUSHI: Grain-free Sushi Rolls with White Miso Ginger Sauce | Sushi rolls without sushi rice? We thought it was impossible too, but these delicious grain-free rolls are now a lunch-time staple.
THE PASTA: Clean Green Lasagna | This recipe is warming, rich, and as impressive to make for in-laws as any lasagna ever was. The trick here is all in the greens…
THE CHOCOLATE: Avocado Chocolate Mousse | Every healthy eater knows the power of a good avocado mousse. Sounds wrong to the ear, tastes right on the tongue. Trust us…
THE BOWL: Harvest Quinoa Bowl | Have a friend whose always hungry? Forget fast food, get them hooked on fast bowls. The combinations are endless and, if these puppies don’t fill you up, we don’t know what will!
THE BURGER + FRIES: Portobello Sliders with Jicama Fries | Jicama fries are different than potato fries, but definitely worth giving a try. The texture is insanely addictive. And if you’ve still never tried the umami deliciousness of portobello burgers? Get on it!
THE POPS: Spicy Green Juice Popsicles | Have a pal who won’t touch green juice? What about green popsicles? We dare your friends to resist these delicious frozen treats packed with fruits and veggies galore.
THE PASTA: Raw Asian Spiralized Pasta | Another pasta we’re hooked on is the spiralized version: veggies whipped up into spaghetti like strands and tossed with sauce of every kind. This is a must, must try!
THE SHAKE: Toffee Smoothie | This healthful smoothie recipe is packed with nutrition, free from the usual suspects and tastes incredible. Definitely a low-commitment way to get friends hooked on health!
THE CUPCAKE: Peanut Butter Cupcakes | These cupcakes are gorgeous, which is super-helpful when convincing friends and family to try a new dish. Raw, spiced, and peanut butter-filled – how could anyone say no?
THE CAKE: Gluten-free Dairy-free Chocolate Cake | This chocolate cake recipe changes everything. We almost broke the Internet when we shared it on the site and it’s been healthifying birthday parties around the globe ever since.