Satisfy your sugar cravings with these guilt-free substitutes.
We’ve compiled a list of our top 5 junk food alternatives to make cheat days a little less naughty.
Air Popped Popcorn
Use as substitute for: Crisps
Popcorn is the perfect low-calorie substitute for crisps and crackers. A 30g serving of plain, air-popped popcorn consists of just 31 calories and 1 gram of protein. A bag of Cheese and Onion crisps on the other hand, contains 131 calories and 8.3g of fat! To add a little flavor to these low-calorie bites, try adding a sprinkle of cinnamon, garlic powder, or even some black pepper.
Use as substitute for: Chips
When prepared right, the humble spud has some pretty impressive health benefits. On average a jacket potato contains 121 calories, that’s 151 calories less than grease-laden snacks like chips and waffles. To transform your potato into a nutrient-packed powerhouse add healthy toppings like chicken and mango, raw peppers and hummus or salmon and low-calorie sour cream.
Frozen Dark Chocolate Banana
Use as substitute for: Chocolate
Embrace your dark side with this healthy chocolate alternative. Studies have shown that dark chocolate has half the sugar of milk chocolate and is a powerful source of antioxidants. Start by peeling and freezing a banana. Once solid, take it out of the freezer and roll in melted dark chocolate. While the chocolate’s still warm, roll the banana in nuts or granola and return to the freezer to set.
Low-Fat Greek Yogurt with Fresh Fruit
Use as substitute for: Ice Cream
If you’re in the mood for ice cream, try a low-fat Greek yogurt with fresh raspberries, blackberries or strawberries instead. Greek yogurt contains twice as much protein as regular yogurt, which means that you’ll stay feeling fuller for longer – it’s also a healthy and satisfying treat after a tough workout. Add some berries for an extra health boost and some much-needed flavour.
Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Use as substitute for: Pizza
If you’re craving a pizza but trying to cut your carb and Calorie intake, Cauliflower Pizza Crust is the next best thing. And at just 300 calories, it’s the epitome of guilt-free snacking! Add extra vegetables as toppings for the ultimate feel-good Friday night feast!
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