Hey again, guys. Welcome back and today’s post is a food one. Now, if you’re anything like me you will have gone into January with all these really good intentions regarding your diet and that this year was going to be your healthiest year yet. But as we make our way through February and the new year novelty begins to wear away, we can find ourselves slipping back into naughty eating patterns. So in today’s post, I’m going to be sharing some simple foods swaps where you can leave your old, favourite treat sitting and reach for an equally tasty but considerably more healthy alternative. I hope you enjoy.
Treat No. 1: Chocolate
You know those moments when you’re dying for a bit of chocolate and you just have to have it? Well the reality is that you might not be dying for chocolate at all. What you really might be after is all the sugar and other baddies that are crammed into our choccie bars these days. So, I’d like to introduce you to a wonderful alternative. It’s the enJoy Raw Chocolate Company. Their chocolates are made with raw cacao rather than the roasted cocoa powder found in most of the standard chocolate bars and they are sweetened with coconut sugar which, although it is still sugar, is a much healthier option than the processed sugar used in the production of other chocolate bars. I received a bar of their organic mint chocolate in my Christmas Chocolate Box from Sourced Box (I’ll include the links below) and it was so good. If you’ve ever had a mint chocolate bar by the brand Fry’s, it kind of tastes like that. Highly recommend.
Treat No. 2: Crisps or Chips
Chilli Heatwave Doritos are one of the great loves of my life and once I get stuck into a bag of them it is very, very difficult for me to stop eating them. But there alternatives out there. Most health food shops now sell healthy crisps made from lentils or quinoa and, while they’re not as flavoursome as Doritos, they can be made way more exciting by combining them with some healthy dips, whether that be healthy store bought dips or homemade dips. I mean, come on. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a movie night at home where you can pig out on snacks without feeling guilty? Try these, you will thank me.
Treat No. 3: Ice Cream
My ultimate fave. Ice cream is my go to treat every time. If I’m feeling crap I reach for the ice cream. If I’m feeling good I reach for the ice cream. I reckon I could be on death’s door and still be in the mood for ice cream. But, much to my dismay, a lot of ice creams nowadays are laced with sugar, salt and chemicals I wouldn’t have a clue how to spell or pronounce.
But there are some alternative. If you’re after something store bought, Ben & Jerry’s now have a dairy free range. I also really like the chocolate hazelnut dairy free ice cream by Alpro. Although it contains some ingredients that have funny looking, chemical sounding names, these ingredients are all believed to be natural, safe and approved by experts.
I, however, believe we can go one better. Have you ever tried whizzing up some frozen bananas with a splash of milk and a dash of vanilla extract? What you get is a beautiful, soft set ice cream alternative and you can spike the flavours however you like. How about adding a dollop of hazelnut butter and some cacao powder for a healthy Nutella flavoured ice cream? Or how about adding some lovely berries for a summer berry ice cream? This method is fool proof. You will have a healthy ice cream alternative every time you use it.
Treat No. 4: Takeaway
Pizza. Fish’n’Chips. Chinese food. What’s your favourite takeaway? Whatever it is, you can make an equally tasty and much healthier option at home and it’s surprisingly easy to do. Even my brother, who cannot cook to save his life, came up with his own recipe for his favourite takeaway treat, salted chilli chicken and, let me tell you, if he can do it, anyone can. If you like fish’n’chips, oven bake everything rather than using the fryer. If pizza’s your thing, make your own tomato sauce and top with fresh meats rather than processed meats. This will cut out a lot of salt.
Treat No. 5: Cakes, buns and pastries
Now, I don’t really want to put you off cakes because I share my cake recipes so often on this blog. But, I would say there are some healthy little tricks you can use that are not only healthier but quite often they can save on the cooking time too. So here are some of my favourite tips. If you’re a big fan of brownies, try swapping the flour for some blended up chick peas or, if you love a big stack of pancakes, replace the flour with some ground oats. Replace cocoa powder with raw cacao powder, processed sugar for coconut sugar, unhealthy oils for coconut oil. You get the picture. There are lots of little swaps within recipes you can make to create a final product that’s much, much healthier for you without taking away from how moreish your treat is.
So there you have it guys, my healthy food swaps. I hope these help with sticking to those healthier you resolutions you made for the New Year. If you have any other swaps you’d like to recommend do share it with everybody in the comments and I will speak to you again soon. Until next time guys.
Links as mentioned:
EnJoy Raw Chocolate: https://www.enjoyrawchocolate.com/
Sourced Box: https://sourcedbox.com/