For instance, you can work on baking cookies and muffins using whole grain ingredients like oats. And then you can add some nuts and seeds to make them tastier. For cakes, you can go for a whole wheat banana version.
Craving for Candy
Again, the problem with junk foods like candies is that they offer almost no nutritional value. The good news is it’s not that hard to find a healthy alternative for them.
If you’re craving for something sweet that you can easily pop into your mouth, why not try dried fruits? There are dried mangoes, apples, or cherries available in the market. Doctors also recommend goji berries because they are packed with a lot of nutrients.
Craving for Chocolate
You might be asking, is it necessary to find healthy swaps for junk foods like chocolates? Well, if you only enjoy chocolates from time to time, there might be no problem. But if you find yourself reaching for one bar after another, you might need to find a healthier replacement. What are the options?
First, go for dark chocolate. Unlike milk or white chocolate, dark chocolate contains a lot of nutrients including magnesium, iron, fiber, zinc, potassium, and phosphorus. It also has a lot of antioxidants.
Next, you can purchase some unsalted trail mix. These are nuts and seeds that have bits and pieces of chocolate chips in them. And of course, you can also prepare fresh fruits and then drizzle them with dark chocolate syrup.
Craving for Sodas and Milkshakes
The problem with junk foods like sodas (soft drinks) and milkshakes is that they contain a lot of added sugars. Thus, if you crave a cold, sweet drink, consider a fruit smoothie instead. They are also cold and sweet, but the sweetness is due to their natural sugars. Furthermore, you can customize your smoothie depending on your preference for fruits.
Additionally, don’t forget that you can simply extract fruit juices by using a juicer. Add some ice cubes to your juice, and you now have a cold, sweet drink.
Finally, if you find yourself wanting a bottle of beer, remember that you can have a glass of fresh lime juice, instead. If you really crave something alcoholic, you can go for red wine. Several studies conclude that drinking red wine, especially with meals, has more cardiovascular benefits than beer.