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Many people associate healthy eating with bland, unflavored or bland foods. This mindset limits exploration of new dishes and desserts that offer ample taste as well as nutrition. Even food cravings — like salty, savory, or sweet — can be satisfied with a few simple food swaps and a mindful approach.
By changing some of the foods in your diet, you can change your eating habits while enjoying the flavors you love. Here are five ideas to get you started:
Flavored popcorn or nuts instead of chips
When you’re craving something salty and crunchy, it’s easy to reach for your favorite bag of chips. These fried little pickles are delicious, but they certainly aren’t healthy. Instead, stock up on nuts, like almonds and pistachios, for when those hunger pangs break out. Making your own popcorn is also a good option.
As for flavor, don’t worry about the salt or not take it all in. Try dried herbs and spices, such as cumin, chili powder, curry, or ginger. Explore blends such as Italian herbal blends or customize your own. Nutritional yeast is another healthy addition that is trending towards health-conscious people due to its unique umami flavor.
healthy chocolate options
Melting chocolate in your mouth is a tart treat that’s often full of sugar and calories. What if you could have the same great taste and texture without all the toppings? Chocolate lovers rejoice at the arrival of exciting new chocolates. The new GATSBY Chocolate offers rich, luxurious chocolate at 60-70 calories and 4-6 grams of sugar per serving.
Created by the co-founder of Halo Top Ice Cream, it is the lowest-calorie chocolate bar available with half the calories and a quarter of the sugar of traditional chocolate. Best yet, that’s without sacrificing the decadent taste or creamy texture. GATSBY chocolate is currently available in stores across the country in two delicious flavours: classic milk chocolate and dark chocolate with almonds. You can learn more at GatsbyChocol.com.
Apples cooked in sweets loaded with sugar
Cookies, waffles, muffins, and pies – decadent desserts but come with a massive amount of sugar. From dough and batter to biscuits and sprinkles on top, sugar tops the list of ingredients. If you want a satisfying dessert without excess sugar, explore the variety of baked apples.
There are many ways to bake apples, including oven, microwave, and slow cooking. Apples are a good source of vitamin C, plus when you leave them on the peel you get a fiber boost. Instead of butter and sugar, many healthy baked apple recipes use cinnamon, honey, or maple syrup, and some oats to create a crust or crust.
Root vegetables instead of fruits
It is true that fruit is nature’s dessert and enjoying some fresh or baked fruit can be a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth and get vital nutrients. However, eating is all about balance, and excessive fruit intake can be harmful to your teeth and detract from your nutritional goals.
For example, if you want a side item with a bit of sweetness, skip the fruit and try a veggie bake with sweet undertones. Beets are naturally sweet when roasted, as are many other root vegetables like carrots and potatoes. Turnips, parsnips, and turnips are delicious sweet options that are also worth trying.
Natural sugars vs. refined sugars
Spoon in your coffee, dash on oatmeal, sprinkle cinnamon on toast — Americans often use refined sugar every day. The healthiest option is to look for natural sweeteners in what you use at home and the foods you buy.
Using a natural sweetener, such as allulose — an ingredient naturally found in fruits like figs and raisins — can transform your dish with taste without all the sugar. Look for allulose in the ingredient list on the side or back of the package, or you can even buy it to use in your home. Other natural sweeteners to consider include honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar. Additionally, when baking, look for simple swaps for sugar and oil, such as mashed ripe bananas or applesauce.
Satisfying your cravings doesn’t mean sacrificing your nutrition. These delicious swaps for favorite foods are equally delicious and you can feel satisfied eating them.