Weight loss plans are hard work, and many of us aren’t even doing them correctly. I know a person who spends hours working out almost every day – six days a week. He has been doing this weight loss program for the last 60 days and has not lost a single pound. How is that possible? The answer is quite simple – he never changed his diet!
Does Healthy Junk Food Exist? (Eating Sweet Snacks on a DIET?!)
When it comes to looking good and feeling good, healthy eating plays an important role. Most of us have some healthy habits — we can manage to figure out a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Where almost everyone falls off track is mastering the fine art of snacking.
Making the transition to eating healthy doesn’t have to be so difficult. I know I have a sweet tooth, but I have a list of some healthy foods to eat that will satisfy your cravings without adding to your waistline. I have learned that if I have healthy junk food on-hand, it helps me get through the day and keeps me away from the drive-thru or vending machine.
Banana chips dipped in dark chocolate
This is the epitome of healthy junk food — chocolate and fruit. Bananas are packed with Vitamin A, phosphorus, potassium, and other nutrients, and they’re a great source of slow-release healthy carbs to keep you feeling energized for longer. Dark chocolate is one of the best and tastiest sources of antioxidants a person can have if it’s at least 70% cocoa.
Fruit and yogurt parfait
Do-it-yourself yogurt is especially good for healthy living because store-bought yogurt is loaded with sugar. It’s easy, and you can make your yogurt however you like!
Use the fruits and yogurts you like most, and why not add some of your favorite nuts (especially almonds and walnuts for healthy fats) while you’re at it! The vitamins and minerals in fruits and nuts are great for you, the yogurt is loaded with vitamins and calcium and studies have shown that yogurt can help reduce belly fat!
Low-fat chocolate milk
This healthy junk food choice is simple – it’s got chocolate! The milk is full of calcium and vitamins and will help fill you up. As long as it’s low fat, you don’t need to feel too guilty about it!
Are you on a low-fat diet but craving a warm slice of apple pie? Ditch the crust and just bake ½ an apple for a few minutes. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg after you pull it out of the oven. To add healthy fats to this dish, you can grate some nuts on top.
If you’re eating healthy but craving something sweet, a fat-free pudding cup filled with fruit or sliced nuts (or both) can be a great snack. The pudding will help you mentally feel satisfied and fruit and nuts will boost the health factor!
Fruit and almond butter
Not exactly a healthy junk food, but it sure tastes like it!
Slice up a sweet fruit, like a pear or a Honeycrisp apple and top it with a teaspoon of almond butter. This snack usually clocks in at just under 200 calories and has enough natural sugars and proteins to keep you going through the day.
Eating healthy is great, but let’s be honest. Sometimes you just want a candy or some ice cream and nothing else is going to satisfy that sweet tooth. When that happens don’t get too discouraged – you can use your healthy habits to keep things low calorie.
Lots of companies are releasing snack sized packs that contain 150 calories or less. The frozen section of your local grocery will almost certainly have low-calorie frozen treats. The trick to this is making sure that you read the labels and stick to the correct serving size!
Eat sweet and be healthy!
Remember — healthy living is the key to lasting weight loss. Small changes here and there are what make a real difference in your life over time. Replacing a chocolate bar, Twinkie, cupcake, etc. with one of these healthier tasty options can be an easy step towards a healthier you!