Maintaining a healthy diet isn’t always the easiest thing to do in the world. However, it doesn’t have to be as difficult and unattainable as we all make it out to be. Believe it or not, incorporating healthy foods into our daily diets can be surprisingly simple and taste scrumptiously good. Hence, here are five ways to satisfy your cravings without compromising on your health.
Don’t Ditch the Desserts
Most kids love cakes and desserts, but they can be full of fat and refined sugar Trying to get kids to stop eating sweet treats is nigh on impossible, but you can make them healthier. Some healthy dessert recipes are so good, you can hardly taste the difference
With a little of creativity you can even make chickpeas or sweet potatoes into a dessert. Why not give Chickpea Blondies, Beet Berry Coconut Chia Pudding or Sweet Potato Brownies a try? There are so many options for healthy desserts using alternative ingredients. Just remember, that just because they are healthier, doesn’t mean you can eat all of them, save some for the kids.
Hot or Cold Smoking Food to Add Flavour
Hot or cold smoking your meat and fish is a clever way of avoiding using cooking oils, whilst packing in bags of flavour too! When you use a natural gas smoker you have two options hot smoking or cold smoking. Hot smoking adds flavour while cooking your cook, whislt cold smoking adds flavour by preserving it, like smoked salmon.
Ditch The Chippie
Now that breakfast is covered, what if you’re just feeling a little peckish throughout the day? Don’t worry because there are healthy snack alternatives and we’ve covered both the sweet and the savory.
Do you crave usually chips? Well don’t worry we have that covered Slice up some potatoes, you can make them real thin or even leave them chunky; be liberal about it! Throw then in a plastic bag drizzle in a little bit of organic extra virgin olive oil and half a cup of semolina and shake. Lay then out evenly on a tray and place them in the oven to bake until golden brown. The semolina will ensure you end up with super crunchy chips.
Get Ready to Spice Up Your Life
You can add some really punchy flavours by creating your own spice mixes. You can use these to season your dishes, and you can even use them to marinade meat in (by combining with a little oil).
It’s super easy to make your own curry powder for a tasty chicken, lamb or vegetarian curry or your own Mexican inspired seasoning for tacos and fajitas
You Don’t Have to Give Up Mac And Cheese
With so many cheese alternatives available on the market taking the cheese out of mac and cheese is easier than ever before. Grinding up cashews is the key to getting the creamy sauce texture that you are use to in regular mac and cheese. You can also try roasting pumpkin then blending it until silky.
Now the only thing really missing is the color. Not only does adding turmeric to your mac and cheese sauce look good it is also beneficial to your health. Turmeric fights inflammation in the body and adds a delicious colour to it.
Use Fruit as Replacements in Baking
Fruit can often be used to replace unhealthy ingredients in baking. You’ll have heard of avocado brownies I’m sure. Avocado brownies cuts out sugar and flour, and replaces it with avocado and maple syrup! If you are a cake lover with a sweet tooth, carrot cake is a great healthier option.
Use More Vegetables in Your Meals
On top of simply eating more vegetables, you can sneak extra veg into your meals to make them healthier. You can make fries out of sweet potato, rice out of cauliflower and you can make spaghetti out of courgette. There are loads of ingenious ways to give your favourite naughty foods a healthy boost with extra veg. How about making a pizza base out of cauliflower? Or what about these cauliflower popcorn bites, they taste just like KFC!
Want a sweet alternative?
Homemade baked apple chips are also a great alternative!
Thinly slice your apples and leave them to soak in a bowl of salt water for a few minutes. (This will prevent them from oxidizing!) Lightly rinse the apple slices before patting them dry with a kitchen paper towel and placing them in the oven to bake until crispy!
There are so many switches and swaps you can make to create healthier versions of your classic comfort foods. Making simple changes to your usual junk food items can keep you feeling light on your feet, whilst still feeling like a treat when you eat.
Brittnay is an Australian who lived in London for the past two years. She managed to squeeze in 21 trips to Europe & Africa in that time . She passionate about travel, health and nutrition, you will find her healthy and delicious recipes on The Nut Butter Hub