Healthy Substitutions & Changing Palates

Since my family and I have cut our consumption of carbs and processed foods, I have been on the hunt for healthy recipes that replicate the taste of treats containing refined sugars and flour.

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Months ago, our first attempt was a carrot muffin recipe that was an abysmal fail. The lumpy results had a texture that somehow seemed both sawdust-y and oily. Those muffins didn’t rise, didn’t brown, and definitely didn’t resemble the fluffy, moist, sweet, cinnamon-spiced snacks we craved.

As I recall, our first bites were only followed by second ones because we couldn’t believe how extraordinarily awful those muffins were.

But with continued research (and a lot of baking), we have hit upon a few healthy recipes for breads, mug cakes, pancakes, cookies, and brownies that tick the boxes of good flavor and texture. And with ingredients such as dark chocolate, coconut cream, grass-fed butter, and almond flour, we can enjoy their health benefits as well.

Part of the equation is certainly our changed palates. Even my nine-year-old now finds certain of his old favorites to be too sweet, or lacking in flavor.

Tonight, while I was working on a chocolate cake recipe (three stars out of five – it needs work), the realization hit me that my spiritual palate has changed in recent years as well. What was once irresistible has now become distasteful, simply because I decided to make some healthy substitutions in my life.


Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. – Philippians 4:8


That decision came about when my children grew old enough to be aware of my entertainment and media choices and were beginning to make their own. It became important to my husband and I that they didn’t settle for activities that could be considered merely passable for a Christian, but beneficial for them morally and spiritually.

I’ll admit, it hasn’t always been easy to find soul-healthy, quality substitutions for the bad stuff. There were times when I thought I’d never find a “clean” or “Christian” book that wasn’t predictable and dull, or a movie that wasn’t poorly acted or sickeningly sweet.

But those options are available in many genres and styles, if you’re willing to invest the time and energy in searching. And you’ll find that your tastes will change, as you become more sensitive to sin and drawn toward that which you know Christ could enjoy right beside you.


Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. – Romans 12:9


Do you struggle with entertainment choices? What importance do you think Christians should place on healthy eating? I welcome your comments!

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5 thoughts on “Healthy Substitutions & Changing Palates”

  1. I do know what you mean and agree. I have found particular solace from doing things “old school” Each month we are focusing on a different activity from yester years. January jigsaw puzzles, February we got the record player booming and listened to oldies records, this month I’m enjoying old movies. Looking forward to spring soon and thinking about going low carb too. Thanks for your continued writing as I enjoy hearing about your family and spiritual formation. I hope you have a blessed week;)

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