9 Foods Swaps For a Strong Heart | Muscle & Fitness

Butter and oil aren't the only ingredients that can be swapped out for healthier alternatives. Flour, too, can be entirely replaced by another common food item---and it's not one you'd expect. A can of black beans can be swapped in for a cup of flour in your favorite brownie recipe. More of a Blondie fan? Well, you're in luck! A can of chickpeas can be swapped in for a cup of flour in those as well.

By swapping these in, you'll not only save over 150 calories and 30 grams of carbohydrate, but you'll also up the protein and fiber, which helps fill you up without filling you out.

Fiber is especially beneficial for improving cholesterol levels, which is key to reducing your risk for heart disease. Using beans or chickpeas instead of flour will also cut out the gluten, making them the perfect sweet treat for those with Celiac's disease.

When using canned legumes in your baked goods recipes, just be sure to drain and rinse them before pureeing them. Try this Flourless Peppermint Black Bean Brownies recipe from Nutritiously Twisted.

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