Everyone wants to splurge now and then. A nice treat can help to make up for a bad day or give you the energy to make it through a busy one. But if you are trying to eat healthy, you may find that you can’t eat all of the junk foods that you have come to love over the years.
But you don’t need to worry. Studious health food folks have done the research for you to help you find a healthy and nutritious replacement that still makes you feel good when you eat it.
If you are a big fan of ice cream and milkshakes, then smoothies are the best replacement you are going to find. If you make your smoothie with low fat dairy and fresh fruit, you can have that same decadent indulgence of a milkshake with almost none of the fat and calories. More of an ice cream eater? You can soft freeze your smoothie so that it has more of an ice cream consistency.
Do you enjoy a good chocolate bar as your decadent snack? Try a drizzle of chocolate sauce on top of your ice cream. By making the switch to dark chocolate you are helping your heart health, taking in antioxidants and lowering your calorie count. Of course, moderation is still important when it comes to dark chocolate. While it is better for you, it should still be considered a treat and not something that you eat all the time.
Do you just love pasta, but hate the carbs that the noodles bring in? Believe it or not, there is a healthy way to get that same texture and enjoyment, straight from a vegetable. Zucchini can be cut or peel into noodle lengths, and then boiled. When cut to the correct thickness, they have the same texture as regular pasta noodles with a fraction of the carbs and fat.
If you love to bake but hate having to put all that sugar into your sweets, you don’t have to fret any longer. Grape juice can be used in the place of traditional refined sugar in most baking recipes. The juice doesn’t even leave a grape aftertaste; it simply sweetens the baked goods with considerably less sugar content. The ratio is slightly less than equal with grape juice to sugar, however.
Another great baking substitution is applesauce. Instead of using oils in your cakes and cookies, you can use the same amount of applesauce instead. This can help to lower the fat and calorie content of your sweets.
Making the effort to make substitutions in your diet can be tough. It’s hard to give up the things that we love and find comfort from. But it is important to remember that there are plenty of substitutions out there that taste just as good, if not better than their junk food counterparts. All you have to do is give them a try and see if they will work well in your daily diet.