Getting fit and eating healthy isn't easy when you've gotten used to eating junk food regularly. It's an even bigger problem when you start reaching for a bag of chips without even thinking about it, which many people tend to do at work or while watching TV, especially now that many of us are hunkered down at home. When carried out for far too long, this habit can lead to some serious health issues down the road.
The US Department of Health & Human Services explains that a poor diet is associated with significant health risks such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain cancers. The connection between healthy eating habits and a person's overall health has become so important that it has become a significant area of study among university departments. Researchers from Stanford University recently found that preparing healthy food in a flavorful way is a great way to encourage better eating habits. Try these six ways to substitute junk food with healthier snacks.
Substitute Junk Food With Healthier Snacks
1. Frozen Yogurt Instead of Ice Cream
Who needs that tub of ice cream when you can opt for delicious frozen yogurt? With lower fat and sugar content, and a whole lot of probiotics, it's undoubtedly the better choice. Sprinkle some crushed nuts over it or top it with some fruits to turn it into an easy afternoon snack.
2. Breakfast Smoothies Instead of Breakfast Sandwiches
Fast food breakfast sandwiches are quick, convenient, and easy to eat on the road, but they are fried, greasy, filled with empty carbs, and they have little to no vitamins or minerals. If you're looking for a quick, convenient, and easy to eat breakfast that is healthy and delicious, try breakfast smoothies! SmoothieBox smoothies are ready in 60 seconds!
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3. Kale Chips Instead of Potato Chips
If you're having a hard time kicking the habit of munching on chips on the couch or at your desk, replace those greasy potato chips with healthier kale chips. You can either order them online or make your own, which you can customize with sea salt, pepper, or even garlic and chili powder.
4. Frozen Grapes Instead of Gelato
Frozen grapes are becoming popular in fitness groups online and for a good reason. Glamour swears by them as they have a sorbet-like texture when eaten straight from the freezer. Keep them in your fridge for some guilt-free snacking when you're craving sweets at night.
5. Veggie Fries Instead of French Fries
The key to this healthy hack is to cut veggies, season and bake them, and that's pretty much all you need to do. Vegetable fries have the same crispy goodness as fast food fries, but with way more nutrients. You can use whichever vegetables you prefer, but sweet potatoes and parsnips usually work best.
6. Infused Water Instead of Soda
Making the transition from soda to water isn't easy, mainly because of the addictive sugary properties in soda. Enter infused water — it's as easy as packing some fruit in your favorite tumbler. When you start to crave soda, try adding these to your water tumbler:
- Fresh Lemon Slices
- Frozen Blueberries
- A Hibiscus Tea Bag
- Fresh Orange Slices
Only you can be mindful of what you eat and to take concrete steps to change your diet. Think of these junk food alternatives as an investment in yourself and your health.
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Sienna Romero is a freelance health writer whose interests mainly lie in the food sciences and how we can improve the ways we nourish ourselves. She lives with her two cats Edgar and Eugene.