Burgers, ice cream, chocolate, and tacos, if I had to sit here and make a list of tempting junk foods I would be here most of the day. By the end of that list, I would probably be ready to head out the door to go buy something. Let’s face it junk food tastes good but eating those items on a regular basis is not good for our health. However, finding healthy alternatives for junk food items that taste just as good isn’t always easy. or is it? The truth is there are some ways to still get your junk food fix and not hurt your health. So keep reading this contributed post to find out 6 alternates to our favorite junk foods.
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 healthier.
There are lots of low calories options to ice cream including frozen banana and gluten-free ice cream. The most delicious and nutritious alternative, however, 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 fewer 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 –chilli and cumin are too excellent spices to give your healthy burgers a kick.
Pizza with a cauliflower base
There’s also a healthy option to 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.
Junk food items like cheeseburgers, french fries, and pizza are high in saturated fat and these items put you at risk for health issues like diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease. But by finding healthier items, you not only reduce this risk you can keep those extra pounds off your waistline.
If you happened to read the nutrition labels for some of the favorite foods or even burgers from your favorite fast food restaurant you may notice how high the sodium count is. This is putting you at risk for high blood pressure. By simply making items at home you can control your sodium intake.
Not only is dark chocolate a better choice than milk and turkey better than chicken, these foods are great for helping you sleep better at night.
There are many recipes you can tweak with cauliflower to make a healthy alternative, from pizza to mashed potatoes, and the change is very simple.
Though healthy alternatives do not give you the exact taste they are much better for your health. You can tweak the recipes to add many different flavors or even your own touch.
Which Alternate is your favorite? Do you have a junk food healthy alternate of your own? Let’s talk about it below!