Healthy Food Alternatives for When You’re Craving!
We’ve all been there- stress eating on junk food in the middle of the night, or even cooking up recipes and making impromptu purchases for ice cream, just because! And while these types of food taste delicious, they are, by no means, healthy! Eating junk food and processed sugar can lead to weight gain and a fuzzy mind, and I’m sure you wouldn’t like that. Fortunately, there ARE yummy alternatives to the usual cookie or chocolate run. Read on as I show you the top five alternatives to junk food that you can have.
The Five Healthy Food Swaps
1. Potato Chips to Kale Chips
If you’re a huge fan of potato chips, then start eating its low-calorie and crunchy alternative. While potato chips are about 200 calories per serving, kale chips are less than 100. Another advantage is that kale is high in vitamins A and C, as well as folate and calcium. The thin and savory crunch is just as good as eating your usual chips.
2. Snack Bar to Almonds
Sure, snack bars have been known to contain vitamins and protein bars. But what people overlook is its high content in high-fructose corn syrup. They also contain binding additives and preservatives. Instead of meal replacement bars or something lights a snack, opt to have the natural alternative and get a handful of almonds, which can cut your risk of heart disease and obesity.
3. Ice Cream to Frozen Bananas
This is a HUGE difference but can help satisfy your cravings for a sweet and cold dessert. You save your body from the huge amount of sugar while getting the essential nutrients your body needs, such as potassium, vitamin C, and folate. You can eat the banana as is or place it in the food processor to make it into like ice cream.
4. Cookies to Fig Bars
While fig bars are considered as cookies, they are a better alternative as they contain less refined sugar and are an excellent source of fiber. It fills you up, and you’ll be able to stay more focused on work rather than have a sugar crash!
5. Milk Chocolate to Dark Chocolate-Covered Peanuts
Studies show that the darker chocolate you eat, the less milk and sugar there is. There are more antioxidants found in dark chocolate, improving your insulin sensitivity and reducing blood sugar at the same time (great for diabetes and heart disease!). Plus, the peanuts will be able to give you more healthy fats and protein (like meat) rather than sugar and carbs. They fill you up and the mix of sweet and salty tastes delicious.
Low in calories and without the guilt, these alternatives to junk food will fill you up and have you feel the health benefits. So don’t wait any longer! Plan out your shopping list and include any of these healthy foods today.
If you’ve got any questions or would like to add your tips on eating healthy, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think!