Ditching the Sugar

Part of a healthy diet is limiting your sugar intake. When we think about being healthier, we don’t tend to think of food that are as appetizing as cookies or indulgent sweet treats. But, when you are making changes to your diet, and making vast improvements to your health, we can feel tempted by the sugary substances. But when we’ve worked so hard to be healthy, we can feel like we’re doing our bodies a disservice. So, what is the solution? Healthy foods that actually taste unhealthy! It sounds impossible, but let’s dig deeper into this…

Chocolate, But With A Twist

Now, chocolate had bad press over the years, probably because it’s full of sugar! But, if you choose the right chocolate, it can be full of antioxidants and is good for you. If you’ve never been to a health shop, and you’ve never heard of cacao, this is where chocolate comes from. Cacao can be purchased in powder form, and you can add it to almost any healthy meal to make it terribly indulgent. You can add it to breakfast cereals to give it that chocolatey flavor, and it really adds something to oatmeal. You can sprinkle some on your fried oatmeal for somethign that feels liek an indulgence.

Turning Anything Into Fries

We all know what dangers lurk in the common french fry, but rather than going to your local fast food outlets, you can make a healthy version at home. In fact, you can use so many vegetables and turn them into “french fries”. Root vegetables are the best, sweet potatoes, potatoes, parsnips, carrots, and even beetroot can be turned into something that tastes so stodgy but contains an abundance of vitamins. All you have to do is chop the root vegetable of your choice into french fry shapes and drizzle with a little olive oil as well as seasoning, and after 30 minutes in the oven, you’ve got a delicious side dish.

Peanut Butter In Everything!

Peanut butter has long been a mainstay of unhealthy diet choices. But, if you’re someone that loves peanut butter cups and you will go to the ends of the earth for your fix, you can use high cocoa chocolate and mix it with peanut butter and make your own healthy version of peanut butter cups. The great thing about peanut butter is that it’s so rich, that you don’t need much to fill you up. If you want to go one step further, you can make fat bombs, which is a low-sugar substitute.

Adding Fruit For Sweetness

A great way to make desserts taste healthy without the sugar is by adding fruit. Now, for some people, adding fruit to various desserts still doesn’t satisfy that sweet craving, but this is where natural sweeteners like stevia and agave nectar are worth their weight. With something like oatmeal, all you have to do is add some fruit, coconut milk, chia seeds, and a tiny bit of peanut butter and you’ve got an incredibly filling meal that’s full of good fats from the coconut milk, protein from the chia seeds and peanut butter, and still has that sweet edge, feeling like you’ve given yourself a nice little treat first thing in the morning.

The Alternative To Pizza Bases

Pizza has long been touted as one of the unhealthiest foods on the planet, but if you can’t escape this most wonderful of indulgent treats, the trick is all about making an alternative pizza base. It’s possible to make pizza bases with cheese, believe it or not, but if you are concerned with the amount of dairy you consume on a regular basis, you can use cauliflower as a crust. This is great if you are on a keto diet, but if you need your carb fix, try it with a whole-wheat base instead.

This is a contributor post, which has been reviewed and edited personally by me before being published. Links to external reviews are meant to provide additional ideas to readers and do not reflect my personal opinion or review of products.

Featured photo credit: Mali Maeder