When most of us think of healthy living, we picture getting rid of all of the things we like. But it doesn’t have to be, and shouldn’t be this way! When you restrict yourself completely it can lead to feeling deprived and before long, you could end up on a full on binge. The sensible option is to have a little of what you like, whether it’s finding a healthy alternative or having a bit of what you fancy every now and again. Here are some of the ways you can still eat what you want without piling on the pounds.
Many kinds of cheese offer a reduced fat option. If you’re following a lower fat plan, then this is a simple switch to make- with many you can barely tell the difference. Another option is to weigh your cheese and make sure you’re not exceeding your portion size. When you’re grating it up or adding it into dishes, it can be difficult to gauge exactly how much you’re eating. Another trick is to choose strong cheeses. Mature cheddar, for example, has a very strong taste, and you only need a bit of it to get the flavor you want.
We all know white bread isn’t the healthiest. It has had most of the fiber stripped out, which not only decreases the nutrition but also causes blood sugar spikes too. Opting for whole wheat is always better. If you have certain dietary conditions or have to avoid certain ingredients, then you might feel as though bread is off the menu. But actually, making it yourself means you can control exactly what goes in. You could look online for gluten or grain-free bread ideas. You could add different natural flavorings such as caramelized onions or sun-dried tomatoes for taste. Investing in a bread maker is an excellent idea.
Fries make the perfect accompaniment to just about anything, or just to eat on their own. They’re delicious but are often cooked in oil with lots of salt. Spraying your fries with olive oil and baking in the oven is a much healthier alternative, or you could use an air fryer. These ‘fry’ chips with just a tablespoon of oil so are a much better option. Use herbs and spices for flavor instead of salt, paprika, garlic granules and various herbs all work well. Using sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes is another good choice. Potatoes don’t count towards your five a day, but sweet potatoes do, plus they’re delicious! It can be difficult to get sweet potatoes quite as crispy, but following a tutorial like this can help.
Burgers are typically made with a very rich and fatty mince which is what gives them their flavor. However, you can make them much leaner by choosing a lean mince, and add flavor using herbs and spices instead. You could use a lean poultry mince to make a chicken or turkey burger instead, or even create a delicious veggie burger. To stop the meat going to dry, add an egg to the mix, and choose a mince that is ‘lean’ as opposed to ‘extra lean.’ It’s a good source of protein, and eaten along with a whole wheat bun and plenty of salad can be part of a healthy meal.