It is so simple and convenient to eat junk food when we feel hungry or crave food. There are healthy food options that are just as tasty as your junk food, simple to prepare, along with many health benefits. Below are several fun changes from your regular junk food meals that still taste great.
Blueberries for natural sugar
Blueberries are low in calories and taste amazing. They are packed with antioxidants and are rich in many vitamins. Blueberries are considered by many to be a superfood as they are so rich in antioxidants. They complement a low sugar dessert such as cream or yogurt.
More natural sugar in mango
When it comes to tropical fruits, I think of mangoes. Rich in soluble fibre, vitamin A and vitamin C and packed full of antioxidants. Fantastic taste and so many health benefits. Mangoes should not cause a spike in insulin or blood sugar as they have a low glycemic index (GI) and are relatively low in calories. Chronic diseases such as cancer and oxidative damage are reduced thanks to mango. Fresh mangoes are irresistible and are ideal when added to yogurt, breakfast cereal, or porridge.
Yogurt, yes dairy can be great
Both healthy and delicious, this fermented milk product is considered by many to be extremely healthy. The introduction of yogurt, which contains high levels of calcium, is beneficial for strengthening bones, has many beneficial vitamins and is a source of proteins. Yogurt consumption has been attributed to both improved bone health and reduced blood pressure. Also, many varieties of yogurt contain active cultures of beneficial bacteria known as probiotics that are good for the digestive system. Probiotic cultures have been attributed to improving immunity, digestion, and improving cholesterol. Remember to avoid yogurt with a high sugar content and look for natural yogurt, which is great when accompanied with fruit.
Healthy fats in almonds
Almonds are, in my opinion, a great snack. They are high in heart-healthy fat, very nutritious and require no preparation. Almonds are packed with protein, abundant in healthy fats that benefit heart health, fiber, and many vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, antioxidants and magnesium. It has been recognized that almonds can reduce risk factors related to heart disease, reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, and oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Almonds are very satisfying/filling as they are high in healthy fats and calories. When eaten in moderation, almonds can help with weight loss.
Pistachios also have healthy fats
Pistachios have been crowned the King of nuts and are absolutely delicious. They are a great source of fiber, protein and are abundant in fats known to be healthy for the heart. They are also a valuable source of iron, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamin B. Like almonds, pistachios have been linked to a reduction in blood sugar levels and inflammation. Reduced oxidized LDL (bad) cholesterol that improves blood fats, pistachios if eaten in moderation, are very filling and can help maintain weight. The key is moderation, as almonds, like all nuts, are high in calories.
Hummus for protein fiber and healthy fats
Hummus is your best friend if you like to eat dips and want something healthy to snack on. Chickpeas usually mixed with sesame seed paste (tahini), lemon juice, cumin, paprika, olive oil and a sprinkle of salt all come together to create hummus. The texture is similar to mashed potatoes, which makes it a great comfort food and is excellent for your health. Chickpeas contain high amounts of fiber and protein, along with a mix of vitamins and minerals, including folate, thiamine, copper magnesium, vitamin B6 and manganese.
Studies indicate that hummus can reduce fasting insulin – an important indicator of blood sugar levels. Studies note that chickpeas can reduce LDL cholesterol that has been associated with heart disease.
Lean meat to lean protein
Lean meats are also good for your health. The quality meat product is abundant in protein, and red meat is a great source of iron. Beef, chicken and game complement many dishes. Gourmet sausages and patties are often lower in fat than supermarket options, so remember to include lean meats.