Earlier today I saw an article on facebook, 5 “Health Foods” That Are Terrible For You. Obviously some people were disappointed to find some of their favorite health foods are not so great after all. Others were just plain irritated to see another list of what not to eat, with no ideas given for healthy alternatives.
Well, I have a few ideas. Here’s the original list of unhealthy foods, along with my suggestions for healthy alternatives. Please note: I do sometimes eat the junk. Life’s short, ya know?
1. Energy Bars
If you didn’t already know, lots of energy bars are laced with sugar and soy. While you can certainly feel confident about snacking on something with simple ingredients, like a Larabar (I keep them around the office in case I forget my lunch), you can also make them at home for a lot less money. Try this recipe for Dark Chocolate Energy Bites from my archnemesis, Oh She Glows.
2. Veggie Burgers
Processed soy. Trace amounts of hexane…although some say the tiny amount of hexane isn’t a big deal, the high sodium is something to take into consideration, and everyone can benefit from eating less processed food. Check out the Lentil Walnut Burger from Vegan Richa.
If you need a meaty substance for something other than burgers, try this walnut-based Vegan Ground Beef recipe from 2 Broke Vegans.
3. Frozen Yogurt
Concerned about artificial flavors and fillers? Peel and chop a banana. Freeze it. Toss it in a blender with a little coconut milk (or milk alternative of your choice, or apple juice). You can also try adding peanut butter and/or cocoa powder.
4. Multigrain Bread
Another item that is usually filled with all kinds of weird junk. Ezekiel Bread is great if you don’t have time to make your own bread. If you like to bake, try my trusty Crusty Bread recipe, or this simple Whole Grain Bread recipe from minimalistbaker.com.
5. Protein Powder
Again, we’re faced with something that could’ve been great until it was processed to death. Instead, check out DailyGarnish.com to see How To Make Your Own Protein Powder Mix. The article explains each ingredient, one by one. Don’t want to mess with making a mix? Try adding a 3-minute Pea Soup to your diet using Bob’s Red Mill Green Pea Flour.
Do you know of any other healthy homemade or store-bought alternatives to the ideas listed above? Post them in the comments below!