Indulgent foods are named so for a reason. They taste great, but they can result in a bulging tummy.
If you want to fulfill your longing for these treats without expanding your waistline, here are 10 healthier alternatives to some favorite junk foods and comfort foods.
1. Baked sweet potatoes for French fries:
French fries are a huge temptation for many, but they’re certainly not good for your health. Swap this to a healthier food by using a sweet potato instead of a regular potato. Sweet potato is known for its incredible nutritional properties. Make sure you bake them using coconut oil, avocado oil, or another healthy nut oil.
2. Dark chocolate dipped banana for ice cream:
Ice cream is loaded with unnecessary carbs and other undesirable ingredients. If you cannot resist the temptation, we have an alternative which is as good as ice cream. Dip bananas (frozen or not) in melted dark chocolate, which also has some incredible health benefits. Enjoy this version of a homemade treat without any guilt.
3. Chia seed pudding for your favorite pudding:
Chia seeds are rich in fiber, and when mixed with a liquid take on a pudding-like form. To make a tasty, healthier pudding, soak chia seeds in almond milk. You can also add fruits like pomegranate, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, etc. to enhance the taste.
4. Banana oat pancakes for batter-based pancakes:
Pancakes cannot get any better when using two simple ingredients: mashed banana and oats. Bananas provide sweetness and oats have a high fiber content, making you feel full longer. This combination allows you to enjoy pancakes without any remorse.
5. Mashed cauliflower for mashed potatoes:
Mashed potatoes are so delicious, but they are loaded with starchy carbs. Switch to a healthier alternative by using whipped cauliflower, which also has fewer calories. Play around with additions like ginger and onions to make the dish all the more delectable.
6. Frozen grapes for Skittles:
Has anyone ever felt content by simply eating one piece of candy? Not likely. Many candy addicts end up eating a full pack, leading to a sugar rush and subsequent crash. One alternative is frozen grapes, which is as satisfying as a fruity candy like Skittles, but is much better for your body and your mind.
7. Whole wheat banana bread for cake:
While cake is definitely a great sweet-tooth satisfier, you cannot ignore the amount of calories one piece contains. Switch to a healthier alternative by creating banana bread made of whole wheat flour, wheat germ, ground flax seed, and crushed nuts. The taste will be so fulfilling, there’s no need for icing!
8. Fresh fruit pops for ice pops:
Ice pops have been popular since childhood. Instead of the typical sugar-laden variety, create your very own ice pops using fresh fruits. Use berries, cherries, or strawberries, pour coconut water over, and freeze.
9. Veggie chips for potato chips:
Sometimes, all you want to do is watch your favorite show with a bag of potato chips by your side. But, you cannot ignore the harmful health effects doing this on a regular basis may result in. Bake your own veggie or fruit chips and spice them up with minimal salt and seasoning. You can also switch to whole wheat pita pockets, which is a good alternative for getting your salt fix while providing fiber and other nutrients.
10. Water with lemon for soda:
There is no denying the fact that sodas and energy drinks can help to boost energy levels after a tiring day. But, these drinks contain no nutrients at all and can lead to problems like diabetes and tooth decay. Rather, drink a glass of water with lemon juice, a refreshing way to stay hydrated, detox your body, and feel healthier overall.
Now that you have these substitutes to some of your favorite foods, you can indulge in your cravings the healthier way.