When the craving to eat a load of junk food hits, it is hard to resist. And you know the consequences of giving in to these urges. Instead of making yourself fat and unhealthy, treat your body, mind, and taste buds like they deserve to be treated with these five healthy alternatives to junk food.
- Faux Chocolate Pudding
Chocolate is one of those foods that seemingly everyone loves to eat. The problem is, once you start you can’t stop! The reason you love chocolate, on a biochemical level, is the combination of sweetness (sugar) and earthiness (the crushed cacao beans). You can mimic this chocolate dynamic with red bean pudding. Red beans taste similar to chocolate when combined with sugar and don’t have as many carbohydrates or fat.
- Creamy Delight
If you crave ice cream, no one can blame you. It’s one of life’s tastiest treats. However, it also adds pounds to your hips and inches to your waistline. Instead of downing a whole carton of fattening ice cream, consider this healthy alternative: cottage cheese with fruit. You can add pineapple or strawberries, or anything that suits your fancy. And the cottage cheese is rich and luxurious with silky dairy pebbles sprinkled in.
- BBQ Crunchers
Potato chips are off the menu. Sorry! However, you can enjoy the same feeling of crunchy, salty, goodness with a little hack! Use kale chips instead. Simply pour olive oil, salt, BBQ spices and pepper over fresh kale leaves and place them in a pan in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes. The end result is a crispy snack that’s nutritious too!
- Mediterranean Morsels
There is a lot of research that suggests that Mediterranean diets are among the healthiest in the world. This is due largely to their consumption of legumes, such as beans and chickpeas. Use chickpeas to make hummus by crushing them up with olive oil drizzled in. Then dip your favorite veggies into the mix for bite-sized, healthy delights!
- Nectar of the Gods
You shouldn’t drink beer if you’re trying to lose weight. In fact, beer carries little health benefit in any context. However, red wine can help your heart health. It also boasts fewer calories than beer. Consider popping open a bottle of merlot next time the urge to down a large ale hits you.
Eating junk food is a silent killer. But you don’t have to suffer from a painful, slow, overweight death. You can enjoy a long life and delicious meals by following the advice in this article.