Sometimes, eating healthy can be a drag. Being that obesity affects almost 40% of the American population, eating junk food has a larger impact on the body than occasional blemishes and fatigue. Obesity has a direct correlation to higher probabilities of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and a stroke. Because of these potentially fatal health conditions, it is important to eliminate as much junk food as possible.
Changing dietary habits overnight can be difficult and dangerous, so an alternative to completely cutting out unhealthy foods would be finding a healthier version of that food. By making supplementations, you can continue to enjoy your favorite foods without the guilt.
Junk Food Alternatives
Like the saying goes, it’s hard to only eat one. The only problem is, the average serving size is between 13 and 16 chips. That small amount of chips contains high levels of sodium, trans fat, sugar, and carbohydrates. Rather than eating a handful of chips and being unsatisfied, consider fruit or vegetable chips. Kale chips are a popular vegetable option, as well as plantain chips. Baking them instead of frying them is also better because there is a lower caloric count with the same crunch.
Being that pizza is one of the most popular fast food items, it is close to impossible to give up. Making simple substitutes can make an unhealthy slice of pizza nutritious and delicious. Instead of using pizza crust, using a portobello mushroom or a zucchini boat are inexpensive ways to enjoy one of your favorite meals. If you can’t enjoy pizza without the crust, you can make a cauliflower crust.
Eating candy tastes good, but it wreaks havoc on teeth and causes obesity. Instead of eating candy, you can enjoy frozen fruit like grapes or watermelon. Another healthy alternative to candy is oven baked strawberries. Put your strawberries in the oven for three hours at 210 degrees and they will have a licorice like consistency. In fact, they actually have a sweeter taste than store-bought licorice with a lot less processed sugars. If you can’t live without chocolate, swap milk chocolate with dark.
Ice cream is great, but can definitely pack on the pounds. Instead, you can use ripe bananas and create “nice cream”. Freeze ripe bananas and blend them with almond milk before adding healthy topping like nuts and fruit.
Eating healthy doesn’t mean having a salad and water every meal. Instead, customize some of these recipes and reduce your chances of developing serious health conditions. Besides, if you do end up having a cheat day, you’ll feel like you’ve earned it.