As April hits us hard and we face the harsh reality that finals are slowly approaching and summer is around the corner, we also realize that if we want the summer bod we’ve desperately been hoping to get (but doing nothing for), we’d better start now.

But in the grand gesture of ~trying to be healthy~ many of us realize that it’s not that easy to abandon the foods that we know and love. However, in attempts to stay healthy and reach our goals, sometimes we have to make sacrifices. Sacrifice doesn’t have to mean lettuce for dinner every night…just make some substitutions to help yourself create a healthier lifestyle altogether. Try these 18 recipes to get you on your way to a healthy, delicious lifestyle.

1. Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles

Have your ‘cado and eat it too.

2. Banana Oat Cookies


Photo by Maia Vernacchia

Who said healthy can’t be drool-worthy?

3. Zucchini Nachos


Photo by Dara Ades

Paradise without the guilt.

4. Healthy Mac n’ Cheese


Photo by Amanda Shulman

Because no matter how healthy you are, breaking up with mac n’ cheese is not an option.

5. Sweet Potato Fries


Photo By Jacky Falkenberg

A healthy twist on your favorite classic.

6. Frozen Greek Yogurt Banana Poppers


Photo by Abigail Wilkins

POP! those right into your mouth.

7. Apple Chips


Photo by Sitong Chen

Who said chips had to be made out of potatoes?

8. Healthy Fudge Brownies


Photo by Hannah Morse

Just don’t tell your friends that they’re skinny brownies.

9. Chocolate Mousse


Photo by Danielle Cahoon

A hidden surprise never hurt nobody.

10. Vanilla Funfetti Milkshake


Photo by Susanna Tuan

Don’t let the name fool you, it’s healthy.

11. Kale Chips


Photo by Sarah Wilson

Risky, but we have to make sacrifices.

12. Eggplant and Caramelized Onion Pizza


Photo by Paige Twombly

Because healthy pizza is better than normal pizza anyway (ha, jokes).

13. Vegan “Ice Cream”


Photo by Natalie Beam

Tastes so good you’ll think it’s bad for you.

14. Banana Pancakes


Photo by Zoe Zaiss

Inspired by Jack Johnson.

15. Chia Seed Pudding


Photo by Brooke Bierhaus

Easy to make and tastes better than it looks.

16. Avocado Fries


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‘Cado for president, am I right?

17. Spaghetti Squash Pasta


Photo by Julia Maguire

If you cover it up with the right sauce, you won’t even notice the difference.

18. Chocolate Covered Bananas


Photo by Keni Lin

Dessert without the guilt.