Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean doing without all your favorite foods. By getting creative, you can find a healthy alternative to almost every type of junk food. Here are just a few healthier options to ordinarily unhealthy food.
Chocoholics can still get their fix of chocolate by opting for the darker stuff. It’s loaded with nutrients and doesn’t have nearly as many calories as milk chocolate. Make sure that you’re opting for low sugar dark chocolate as some bars of this stuff can still be packed full of sugar – which won’t be any good for your diet plans. This list at Healthy Eater details some of the best and worst dark chocolates out there for when you’re trying to eat healthily.
There are lots of low calories options to ice cream including frozen banana and gluten-free ice cream. The most delicious and nutritious alternative is frozen yogurt. That said, you should be wary of fro-yo stalls and shops that may pack their frozen yogurts full of sugar – if you’re not making yourself or always ask the seller or read the label.
Oilless fried turkey
When satisfying your love of fried chicken, opt for fried turkey breast instead – it contains much less calories. Using coconut oil instead of regular cooking oil can also make it healthier. You could also buy an air fryer such as the Power AirFryer Oven. As seen on TV this air fryer uses Rapid Air Technology to fry food without the need for oil. You can also fry other foods this way.
Black bean and quinoa burgers
You can still make healthy burgers too by trying the vegan option of black bean and quinoa patties. These burgers can be just as succulent and wholesome without the high-fat content.
For the perfect pattie mixture, mix black beans, quinoa, breadcrumbs, bell pepper, onion, and garlic (if you’re not too worried about being vegan, you can also add egg). Adding spices can also make these burgers even tastier – chili and cumin are too excellent spices to give your healthy burgers a kick.
Pizza with cauliflower base
There’s also a healthy option for pizza out there. Regular pizza dough is full of carbs, but you can make a healthy option using cauliflower, egg, flour, and flaxseed.
You’re best to lay low on the salt as this seasoning could make your healthy pizza unhealthy. Make sure that you’re also not adding lots of unhealthy toppings!
Fancy some pancakes for breakfast? Banana pancakes are a delicious option for when you’re watching your waistline. This recipe involves mashing bananas and then whisking them together with eggs and almond milk.
You can then add flour, baking soda, and baking powder before frying it all up in a pan. For a healthy topping, you can add chopped bananas with honey or fruit compote with yogurt. Bananas can also be used to make waffles and banana bread.