It is no secret that the hardest part of any diet is being strict with yourself, avoiding all of the delicious junk foods that you know are the root cause of your need to diet in the first place! We all want to drop those extra pounds and achieve the body of our dreams, but we don’t always factor in how hard it is going to be to say goodbye to all of our favourite treats! A diet should be seen as a lifestyle change, not just a temporary ban. Here are ten guilt-free swaps for your favourite junk foods.
1. French Fries = Roasted Vegetables
Take something like a turnip or a carrot and make French fry shaped sticks out of them, rub in a touch of olive oil, season and then whack them in the oven until crispy and browned. They make for a delicious alternative that has the same effect texture wise!
2. Snacks = Nuts/Dried Fruit
Whenever you would usually grab for an unhealthy snack in the day, instead pick up a handful of nuts or dried fruit and your stomach will be just as grateful and even healthier.
3. Takeout Pizza = Homemade Pizza
There are so many more calories and greasy fats in delivery pizza than if you made it yourself. You can use things like low-fat cheese and more vegetables than usual for a super healthy kick.
4. Beef Burger = Chicken Burger
If you feel the urge to have a burger, then opt for a chicken, turkey or veggie option rather than the usual beef burger. There are far fewer fats in a chicken burger compared to the mixture of ingredients it takes to make a beef one.
5. Ice Cream = Nice Cream
It’s time to put down the calorific ice cream and switch it out for something you can make at home like frozen bananas blended up in a food processor. It will satisfy you in the same way texture-wise and will taste naturally sweet too.
6. Potato Chips = Carrots/Hummus
Replace potato chips as your go-to TV snack with a pot of healthy hummus and some crunchy carrot sticks. Just as tasty and just as satisfying to munch on!
7. Pudding = Raspberries/Dark Chocolate
Pots of pudding and other desserts are obviously high in fats and sugars, but you can have an equally enjoyable time with some fresh raspberries drizzled with melted dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is the healthiest form of chocolate out there.
8. Bacon = Jerky
Stop having a bacon sandwich in the morning, and instead pack some jerky in your lunch box. It gives you that addictive savoury hit with a much more beneficial kind of protein for your body.
9. Milk Chocolate = Dark Chocolate
Like I said before, dark chocolate is absolutely the type of chocolate that you should be opting for over both milk and white. It’s actually filled with antioxidants that are good for you!
10. White Rice = Brown Rice
White rice is classed as an empty carb, something that doesn’t provide you with much nutritional value at all. Brown rice, however, is the exact opposite, and is very good for you!