12 Healthy Alternatives So You Can Have Your Cake And Eat It Too!
Life shouldn’t be a continual diet with frequent binge fests in between. You’ll feel your best if you maintain a healthy body while eating foods you love. Sound impossible? This list of healthy alternatives prove otherwise!
#1 Wholemeal Instead of White Flour
Something as basic as a change from white refined flour to the more natural wholemeal variety will make a big change without compromising on taste!
#2 Use Agave Instead of Sugar
Sugar can really be the devil when it comes to eating well and nourishing our bodies. Too much of it can cause obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and a host of other issues. A natural, unrefined version like agave will give the sugar hit and taste without compromising your health.
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#3 Purée This
If you want a subtle sweetness in your baking, use fruit and veggie puréed and add into the mixture. Oftentimes sugar and E numbers are used to replicate fruit’s natural taste whilst also making it more addictive, so why not just go back to nature and use actual fruit without the addictive substance instead?
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#4 Smaller Measurements
A study from an NYC university discovered that most chocolate chip cookies are seven times larger than what the USDA considers a healthy portion. If you want to indulge, do so but just don’t go mad with the portion size! Better yet, put a couple in a bowl or plate and limit yourself to these, and these only!
#5 Premium Ingredients
You can still opt for your favourite things, like chocolate, but just choose the premium version and avoid those loaded with additives and extra sugar. For example, good quality dark chocolate is far more beneficial for you than milk or white versions!
#6 Go Greek
Instead of using cream and an overdose of milk or butter in your cakes, Greek yoghurt is a far healthier alternative that’s not only more natural and lower in fats but also has potent benefits like probiotics.
#7 Healthy Peanut Butter
An awful lot of commercial peanut butters are loaded with sugar and fillers, which makes them far more unhealthy than they ought to be. Go for more natural and fresh version to gain the fibre and taste without the drawbacks. Smear it on top of baked goods as a healthy topping!
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#8 Double Trouble
Everyone loves a bit of carrot cake, right? If not, you simply haven’t tried an authentic version! Carrots and cinnamon make a great team for something sweet with a bit of bite. Not only can you add them to cake but try adding it to a cookie mix.
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#9 The Spirulina Savior
Just one small 3-gram serving of spirulina powder contains 3900% more iron than spinach, 2800% more beta carotene than carrots and plenty of phytonutrients and vitamins! You may be put off adding to to your baking mix in the misguided belief it’ll taste funky… but if you add in a reasonably small amount like 3 grams it will be undetectable.
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#10 Wonders of Wheatgrass
Similar to spirulina, wheatgrass is an excellent addition to your baking mix in small amounts to gain the health benefits without compromising the taste. Wheatgrass contains every mineral you can think of, protein and amino acids. Say goodbye to those nasty wheatgrass shots and eat cake instead!
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#11 Minty Fresh
If you have a sweet tooth you’re currently trying to curb, another great way to add a sweet kick to any treat, from baking to your morning iced coffee, is by adding in a few mint leaves. The zingy freshness will liven up any snack!
The power of coconuts and precious coconut oil has long since been established by medical professionals and touted by the media, but it’s not just a trend, it is a real cure-all! Use shredded coconut as a cake topping or mixed into baking for sweetness instead of sugar, or coconut oil instead of fattier oils that contain less than half the benefits.
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