Sometimes you just can’t run away from a craving. Now you can indulge in your favorite foods without feeling guilt, shame, or missing your health-goals.
Healthy Snack Replacements helps you reach your health goals!
— Aimee Tariq
Don’t get us wrong, I enjoy digging into a slice of pizza as much as the next person. But a recent study has shown that the more processed, fatty or sugary a food is, the harder it is to stop eating it, and the more detrimental are its effects. And it’s also the #1 most addictive food there is for Americans… Approximately 3 billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year. Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza a day or about 350 slices per second. Each person in America eats about 46 pizza slices a year. There’s no stopping it!
Fortunately, dairy free and gluten free options are just as tasty. Instead of grease, processed ingredients, and harmful additives, you could add veggies to the pizza instead. There are now organic frozen vegetable pizzas on the market with minimal harmful ingredients. It’ll be best, of course, if you were to make one at home from scratch- but just in case, always keep a few of these healthier alternatives in the fridge so you don’t have to call the pizza delivery guy and order one big box of regret.
There’s something inherently stress-relieving about crunching chips, but you’ll pay for it later. According to a Harvard study that analyzed over 120,000 people for 20 years, every 15 chips you eat translates into a nearly 2-pound weight gain over the next 4 years. That does NOT sound comforting. And who stops at only 15 chips?
Fortunately, there are ways to make chips at home, without the endocrine disrupters, unnecessary hidden toxins and ingredients or factory processed chemicals and preservatives. These homemade chips are satisfying- without physical consequences. Healthier alternatives are now on the market. Beet chips, sweet potato chips, kale chips, spinach chips, zucchini chips – you name it, there’s a chip for it! It’s still healthiest when made at home, and I think most of us prefer potato chips. Making them at home allows you to make them with healthy coconut oil, no added sugar, and a combination of unique herbs and spices that’ll provide you with health and also a unique taste to call your own.
Sure, you’ll get a nice, fast sugar high from eating a cookie. But you’ll also have to deal with a crash in energy soon after. Plus, many store-bought cookies contain trans fat to increase their shelf life. Not only has trans-fat been linked to obesity, but aggression, memory loss, heart disease and diabetes. So, you know, ick.
Fortunately, there are many ways to make cookies at home, without the endocrine disrupters, unnecessary hidden toxins and ingredients or factory processed chemicals and preservatives. Homemade gluten-free cookies are satisfying- without physical consequences. Healthier alternatives are also on the market, but nothing beats homemade cookies.
Here’s something you didn’t ask for with your hot fudge sundae: Dairy consumption can actually increase menstrual cramps and PMS symptoms. Also, cow dairy is one of the worst things to put into your body. Fortunately, there are many satisfying and delicious “nice cream” and fudge you can make at home. Also, there are many organic vegan alternatives in the market, without added sugar or other toxic ingredients.
That glistening, golden brown sheen you see on french fries? That’s a sign of acrylamide, a chemical that forms in foods — especially plant-based ones — when they’re cooked at high temperatures such as what happens in frying. High levels have been linked to cancer, so the FDA recommends cutting back on foods that may contain it. Like … french fries.
(not all that glitters is gold)
However, you can make delicious french fries at home, without frying them. Bake them in your oven, add herbs and spices, and enjoy.
Eating processed foods high in sugar actually dulls your brain’s ability to tell you when to stop. The result? You gorge even more, and there’s nothing sweet about that.
Instead, eat dates. They’re a wonderful substitute for candy. They’re extremely sweet, provide the much-desired quick energy boost, and even help the digestive system in the process. Wonderful for athletes and professionals who just need a quick energy boost.
Grapes are a wonderful substitute as well. Some people like to freeze them and pop them in their mouth while frozen as a simple treat.
There are many organic healthier candy options as well if you MUST have a treat.
Chocolate is THE most commonly craved food, and interacts with a number of our brain’s neurotransmitters. But when we seek out the wrong types of chocolate feel better, it’s actually more likely to prolong our bad mood, thanks to all of the toxic ingredients. Therefore, it’s important to choose the best quality chocolate: organic, fair trade, and dairy free. You’ll feel satisfied with less, and most importantly, you won’t be consuming lead and other heavy metals often found in typical chocolate brands.
Sometimes we just need to immerse ourselves in delicious cake. Dairy-free and egg-free cakes often taste better than their counterparts. If you haven’t tried vegan cakes yet, I suggest you do this instead of resorting to the more harmful types. There are also healthy alternatives that’ll bring you the emotional comfort and satisfaction you desire, but also help your health.
If you’re stress-eating cereal, it’s probably sweet kids’ cereal, not an organic brand with no added sugars. And you might be shocked (we were) at how much sugar they contain. Eating one bowl a day adds up to eating 10 pounds of sugar a year. Yikes! Why not switch to oatmeal instead? With added fruits, chia, flax, and hemp seeds? And maybe some added coconut milk? Your body will thank you. It’s warm, comforting, and satisfying. When I’m stressed I eat a bowl. It calms my nerves, makes me feel loved, gives me the needed nutritional support I need, and also helps balance my digestive tract. What’s not to love?
Put red meat, cow dairy, refined pasta and processed bread on your “don’t eat in case of emergency” list. A 12-year Harvard study found that women who regularly ate these “comfort foods” were up to 41 percent more likely to seek treatment for depression. The reason? These foods cause inflammation in the body, which has been linked to depression. There are so many healthier options that’ll give you the same satisfaction. If you need to eat a burger, make it at home with organic, halal, grass-fed beef. Use bread that is organic and isn’t filled with toxic ingredients, if you’re going to eat bread. Bread that is mostly made of seeds and has high fiber to make it easier on your digestive system. Minimum carb to fiber rule is 5:1. The more fiber, the better. With pasta- there is no need for highly refined pasta when there are so many better options now on the market. Eat naturally gluten-free pasta: made from lentils, beans, spinach or other vegetables. You probably won’t even notice the taste difference. It adds a lot more vitamins, nutrients, and minerals to your diet without asking you to give up a comforting staple. Also, you can spiralize zucchini and other vegetables to make healthier versions of pasta at home.
How many of these do you love? Which ones are your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!
Aimee Tariq is most passionate about empowering professionals to live their best lives by removing toxic triggers and maximizing energy, focus and productivity. At the age of 23 she became a no. 1 bestselling author for health optimization.