Our kitchen shelves and shops are stocked with preservative-filled packaged and processed food. These foods are marketed in such a way, that it seems as though these are the only yummy foods available. Homemade food feels unattractive in comparison. Invariably, young people turn to chips, instant noodles, cakes, pizzas and burgers to satisfy their cravings. This especially plagues those newly on a healthy diet: finding delicious alternatives to these high-calorie, low-return foods.
By making a few switches in your meals, you can find snackable items that satisfy your family’s taste buds, while packing in nutrients and vitamin. Try homemade recipes that are super tasty and at the same time, extremely healthy! Plus, they are also low in calories.
Here are the 5 delicious foods that amazingly low in calories.
Few foods can rival the humble popcorn. Popcorn ticks all the right boxes in our taste experiences: it is savory, crispy, and even melts in the mouth. Popcorn is also extremely satisfying. When mixed with a few herbs and spices, this food acquires a crunchy zing that no other food can rival. The best part? Popcorn—not the butter and cheese slathered popcorn you find in the cinema—when popped at home, is extremely healthy. With only about 30 calories per cup, popcorn is high in fiber and has plenty of antioxidants. Instead of seasoning it with butter, just add some oregano, pepper, chili, and salt. You can also garnish it with melted dark chocolate to make a delicious, healthy treat. Now you and your kids can binge guilt-free on this food as you binge on TV shows together!
2. Yogurt and Fruit Popsicles
No matter how healthy you want to be, in the hot summers, it becomes difficult to say no to a bar of ice cream. Ice cream, however, is packed with sugar and high-fat cream, so enjoying it comes at a health cost. A great low-calorie variant that will keep you cool and happy are popsicles you can make out of yogurt and fruit. All you have to do is blend yogurt and honey together, and add berries and fruits of your choice. Add mango, orange, strawberries, blueberries: the only memo is to go wild! Yogurt is a great alternative to other cream based desserts. They come packed with probiotic bacteria and can be easily substituted for heavy creams and sweeteners in most recipes.
Mushroom is a powerhouse of nutrients and vitamins. Mushroom has a great texture and taste, which is why it is a frequent addition to pasta, pizzas and other high-calorie food. The best part is, at 50 calories per 100 grams, mushrooms are rich in protein and fiber, but low in calories. Instead of using it as an additive to meals, you can actually design a whole meal out of it. If you are looking for a fancier dish, you can try roasting a bed of mushrooms and serving baked eggs and asparagus on top. The versatility of mushrooms means that you are free to experiment in all ways possible!
Instead of opting for cola or sugary milkshakes, this summer, you can switch over to smoothies. Smoothies are a favorite of any person on a healthy diet, because they are low in calories (anywhere from 37-50 calories a glass), tasty and filling. You can customize your smoothie based on your needs, just add some whey protein to make them even healthier. You can try and switch between different whey protein flavors. Just get blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, and blend with some honey and yogurt. You can choose to instead add kiwis, papayas, kale, or any of your favorite fruits and vegetables. Smoothies are also perfect for anyone with a hectic lifestyle because they can be had on-the-go.
5. Hummus and Vegetable Sticks
Hummus, the Lebanese spread, has become increasingly popular in the past few years. Prepared with tahini, olive oil, spices and chickpeas, the spread is usually had with pita bread. Hummus is not, in itself, low in calories. But the food is packed with protein, fiber, and vitamins. When had in moderation, the delectable spread is surprisingly diet friendly. Use hummus as a dip to pair with celery, carrot sticks and cucumbers. With only 25 calories a tablespoon, this food brings a lot of flavor with simple food.
Now ladies! Just because you’re on a weight loss journey doesn’t mean you have to give up on alcohol. One of the significant problems with alcohol is that most drinks are full of sugar. Mixed drinks tend to be full of sugar and empty calories, so substitute it with some straight tequila instead. They have considerably low levels of sugar content and recent reports indicate that they could even help with type 2 diabetes and assist in weight loss. Try the Don Julio tequila, extremely popular among the ladies. Few whiskey is also a good option as it is prepared from whole grain rye and corn, packed with essential nutrients and natural fibers.
Packed with vitamins, antioxidants, nutrients, and minerals these healthy alternatives are great for adults as well as kids. Eating healthy is not only about losing weight. It is part of a sustainable lifestyle, for your overall physical and emotional well-being.
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