“Exercising and trying to watch your calories at the same time is easy!” Said one person in all of history, and caved the next day and ate a whole pizza.
Let’s face it: When you’re trying to change your habits, junk food cravings will hit you – and they’ll hit you hard. But here’s the thing, junk food doesn’t have to be junk because you can make it healthy and equally tasty. When you’re exercising to feel good about yourself, don’t let junk food drag you down. Instead, replace your darkest cravings with some healthy alternatives.
Check out this mouthwatering list of junk foods and their delicious replacements:
1. Pizza vs. Cauliflower pizza
Let’s start with the good stuff. Pizza is the easiest downfall for everyone because it’s so accessible and just too good. But, if you turn your bread crust into a cauliflower crust, you can indulge in a low-carb pizza option that’s actually pretty healthy for you! AllRecipes posted a recipe for a six-serving pizza that’s only 59 calories per serving as opposed to a regular slice of pie that’s normally around 300 calories.
2. Chips vs. Kale chips
Don’t scrunch your nose in disgust just yet. When baked and salted, kale chips are yummy. And, according to SFGate, sister-site of the San Francisco Chronicle, kale chips are only 50 calories per serving, that’s only 2.5 percent of your typical 2,000 calorie diet and even contains 3 grams of protein per serving. What a great little protein punch for a post workout snack.
But why stop at kale? You can also turn your other favorite veggies like carrots or zucchini into chips as well.
3. Candy vs. Dark chocolate
Good news – you can still treat yourself. When you’re craving something sweet, just reach for some chocolate – dark chocolate, that is. It’s been scientifically proven by researchers at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology that dark chocolate is good for your heart. Specifically, it gives flexibility to the arteries. The Guardian also explained that dark chocolate is loaded with minerals like potassium, zinc and selenium. Just a 100-gram bar of dark chocolate contains 67 percent of the recommended daily intake of iron.
If you need another sweet, try some natural candy! Freeze your favorite fruits for another sweet, healthy dessert.
4. Alcohol vs. Red wine
You don’t have to completely give up your weekends or relaxing nights in, for that matter. Everyday Health explained that many studies have been conducted over the past 20 years saying red wine has the potential to help your heart. This is because the red grapes that are used to make the wine contain polyphenols that are believed to protect your body against illnesses such as cancer or heart disease.
5. Ice cream vs. Vegan ice cream
The word “vegan” might be a quick turn off for some, but Spoon University clued readers into this delicious replacement treat. The base of vegan ice cream is made from blended frozen bananas, so after mixing them up you can flavor to it with other frozen fruits or peanut butter.
Bonus snack: Pudding vs. Chia seed pudding
You grew up running to the fridge after school for a quick snack pack, but good news, you can enjoy pudding as an adult too. Check your BABY-G watch cause it’s snack time. Chia seeds might look kind of gross – they gel up when they get wet – but they’re totally tasteless so you can actually put them in a ton of your food and not even notice. The Huffington Post explained that these little seeds are full of fiber and antioxidants that clean out cells and contain a much needed dose of Omega-3 fatty acids.
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