When dieting, it can be pretty tough to cut out all of your favorite snacks, junk food treats, and fast food meals. However, the truth is that these foods are terribly unhealthy, so they should always be the first to go. Finding healthy alternatives to these unhealthy foods is the best way to still enjoy what you eat, but without flooding your body with unhealthy chemicals, fats, and sugars. Here are some of the best options to add to your diet:
Potato Chips Healthy Alternatives
Everyone knows that potato chips are absolutely awful for your health, as they’re loaded with trans fats, unnecessary calories, extra carbs, and a ton of chemicals that are used to add flavor. The fact that they’re deep-fried just makes them so much worse for your health! The good news is that you can make your own healthy alternative in the oven. Simply slice your own potatoes really thinly with the nutrient-packed skin still on, toss them in a small amount of olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and bake on a baking tray in a hot oven. You’ll find it takes more work to make than to simply pop open a bag of chips, but it will be a much healthier choice.
Snack Meat Healthy Alternatives
Say goodbye to pepperoni sticks, sausages, hot dogs, ham slices, and deli meats. These are all loaded with unwanted chemicals and preservatives, not to mention a whole lot of sodium, which can lead to water retention and bloating. If you really want to make yourself a sandwich using some form of meat, you’re better off cooking the meat from raw—using pork loin, chicken breast, or lean steak. Or, if you want something healthy to have on the go, load up on low-sodium beef jerky.
Sweet Coffee Drink Healthy Alternatives
Your favorite Starbucks sweet coffee or Frappuccino could be one of your daily treats, but do you have any idea how bad they are for you? Not only are they loaded with extra sugar, but they’re packed with fats and chemicals that will make weight loss a whole lot harder. Instead, try drinking a regular cup of black coffee, with a small amount of sugar and some half-and-half added in. If you really can’t quit Starbucks cold turkey, start asking for your drinks “half-sweet” and without the extra whipped cream on the top.
Sweetened Beverage Healthy Alternatives
Everything from soda to flavored waters to fruit drinks to fruit juices are loaded with sugar, no matter how healthy they pretend to be. Cutting these drinks out of your diet can decrease your daily sugar intake drastically. If you have to have something flavored to drink, mix up some lemon juice into a cup of water, with no sugar added. If you like carbonated drinks, have club soda. But if you can make the switch to regular water, you’ll find that you will get exponentially healthier!
Dessert Healthy Alternatives
Brownies, cakes, cookies, pies, and other desserts can be very enjoyable at the end of a meal, but they’re all added sugar, unnecessary carbs, and unhealthy fats. Your best choice is to cut desserts out altogether, as your body doesn’t need the additional calories. However, if you absolutely have to have a dessert, try making yourself a fruit salad to have as a dessert. Parfait made with Greek yogurt and homemade granola is another great option. Or, you can stew your favorite fruits—only using lemon juice, but no sugar—to make a hot, tasty dessert.