Fast food is just what it’s called: it’s FAST. A lot of it tastes good. Really good. Unfortunately a lot of it isn't’ healthy, or good for us. You may crave it and it may be easy to get, but the most important aspect should be our health and the health and well being of our loved ones. So, what can you do and eat in place of the foods you crave? It may take a little searching and taste testing on your part, but there are a lot of healthy AND tasty substitutes for our favorite junk food. You’re probably ready to dismiss this idea and move on, but give it time to hear some of the ideas. You just might turn your family (and your) taste buds around to healthy goodies after all! And, just so you know you’re not alone, this is a personal mission for myself to eat better and make better choices. (As you will discover, the heading titles are my own inner feelings on this most important subject matter!)
There’s just something about a hamburger! When you try and talk yourself into a healthier eating lifestyle, that’s one of the first things you really don’t want to think about giving up! Hamburgers & cheeseburgers are American staples. They are tasty and very convenient when it comes to fast food. How can you keep them in your eating routine but make them a little bit healthier for you?
If we are being honest and real about the foods we struggle with the most, these are mine. If there’s anything I want and crave, above all else, it’s french fries and potato chips. I’ve had a lifelong bond with potatoes, I mean they are AMAZING! Add some hot oil, you’ve got magic. There are some really great ideas and ways to fix potatoes so you aren’t sacrificing taste for healthier cooking options and other vegetables that are low-carb that you can try instead.
Chocolate. It’s such a happy word. And lots of health experts will tell you, certain kinds of chocolate are actually GOOD for you! Dark chocolate, high levels of cacao contain lots of antioxidants that hold good nutritional value. Sugar is the enemy here. There are smart ways to still get your chocolate fix without having to feel too guilty about eating it,
Some may consider ice cream a dessert only in warm weather. Who are those people? There is never a climate that would isolate me from ice cream. It does provide a good source of dairy and sweet goodness to your palate, but it really isn’t all that healthy. This is a great category to find healthier options because there are so many healthy options that can become a tasty dessert.
Food Is An Ongoing Experiment
Just like scientists are always searching for answers to so many important questions, food is its own science, full of possibilities with more than one way to create something tasty. Choosing to eat healthier is always a good choice and one that opens the door to some great food options we may have been missing. There is always an alternative, so get out there and start trying new foods and finding new ways to cook and prepare them. In time, you may just find you like the healthier options better and your old eating habits won’t cause you to miss things that were never really good for you in the first place!
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