MW Fitness Special: Healthy Junk Food Alternatives That Will Hit The Spot
If you’re not a fan of carrot sticks and celery but still want to eat well, there’s a healthy alternative to almost every junk you crave
Nut Butter instead of Chocolate Spread
Replace your chocolate spreads with different kinds of nut butter such as peanut butter or almond butter. Glide on some yummy spread on bread or banana pancakes. Nut butter is versatile in nature and literally goes with every single thing. Craving for a smoothie bowl? Add a spread of nut butter to make your bowl taste better and more filling.
Ragi Bites instead of Indian Munchies
No Indian household is complete without one family member bingeing out on some fried munchies and aloo bhujia. As addictive as it sounds, it is equally unhealthy for your body. It’s quite difficult to replace it with a healthy alternative, but RAGI bites can do the trick.
Mixed Root Chips instead of Chips
If you are constantly obsessed with bingeing potato chips while working or watching shows, replace them with mixed-root chips such as kale, beetroot, sweet potato, and okra. These chips have significantly fewer grams of fat and more nutritional value, but still give you that satisfying crunch. You can even bake these mixed root chips in all of your favourite spices such as salt and pepper, paprika, chilli powder, or garlic powder.
Naked Burgers instead of Regular Burgers
If you are obsessed with juicy burgers and are still looking to have them in a healthy way, naked burgers are the way to go. For a heart-healthy burger, you can use a slice of lean meat such as chicken, salmon, or opt for a veggie patty, and do away with any cheese. To cut the carbs, swap out the buns for lettuce, portobello mushrooms, or sweet potato rounds, and make your burgers leaner and greener.
Healthy Dips instead of Mayonnaise
Swap out fattening dips for healthy dips such as hummus, yoghurt-based sauces like tartar and garlic-herb sauce. It is common for dips to accompany chips, crackers, and veggies, and it’s a great idea for snacking. But, instead of having sour cream or cheese-based dips out on the table, opt for tzatziki, or even a fresh mango dipping sauce.
Baked Veggie Fires instead of Regular Fries
Ditch your good old French fries for roasted veggie fries. Veggie fries can have the same crispy-yet-soft texture as traditional french fries, but they are healthier. Popping veggies in the oven is simple, and this way, you can get a variety of nutrients from baked carrots, parsnips, and sweet potatoes. Mix it with fresh garlic, lemon zest, and lemon juice for toppings, or add a touch of heat by stirring together mayo, chipotle powder, and garlic powder.
Berry Mixes instead of Candies
Easy to make at home and adjust to your own liking: trail mix. Mix and match all kinds of nuts, and add your favourite extras. Try this version with walnuts, cashews, pecans, almonds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, and dried cranberries. Put all the ingredients in a bowl, mix it and it’s ready to go.
Dark Chocolate instead of Milk Chocolate
Dark chocolate is actually quite nutritious and contains fibre, iron, magnesium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium, all of which are good for you. It’s also full of antioxidants, which help keep you young.
Burrito Bowls instead of Burritos
Enjoy burritos without the tortilla. Go for a healthy chicken burrito bowl, which will be flourless, and adjust the amount of cheese and sour cream that usually go into these bowls. Healthy protein bowls with a taste equivalent to burritos is something that can be a classic lunch, or a light dinner.