Nutrition & Recipes • 18.04.2017

5 Healthy and Delicious Alternatives to Favorite Foods

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Pizza, cake and pudding are packed with calories and usually full of additives (especially if you buy them pre-prepared from the supermarket). Do you want to cut calories without giving up your favorite foods? Then you should try our five healthy alternatives. All the recipes have one thing in common: they are prepared with unprocessed ingredients. That way you decide what you put in your body.

1. Chia pudding instead of store-bought pudding

Make your pudding yourself instead of buying it at the supermarket. This creamy mango coconut chia pudding is easy to prepare and doesn’t require many ingredients. Plus, it provides you with valuable omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. You can enjoy it for breakfast or as a snack. And the best thing about it is that it brings out your creativity. Whether you use cow’s milk, coconut milk or almond milk, or add mangos, strawberries or bananas… the chia pudding always tastes amazing and is healthy to boot.

2. Low-carb pizza bites instead of pizza

How about serving these delicious low-carb pizza bites instead of calorie-packed pizza at your next girls’ night? This finger food is low in carbohydrates and thus perfect for evenings. Plus, one portion of pizza bites meets one of your three recommended daily servings of vegetables.

3. Energy balls instead of granola bars

A quick glance at the ingredients tells you everything you need to know: supermarket granola bars are generally full of refined sugar and additives. There’s no need to buy them when it’s easy to prepare your own power snacks. These vegan energy balls are made of 100% unprocessed foods. The combination of fiber, protein and high-quality fatty acids provides you with long-lasting energy.

4. Brownies with kidney beans instead of chocolate cake

Chocolate cake is not only a lot of work, but it is full of empty calories and heaps of fat and sugar. To make gooey chocolate brownies, all you have to do is blend all the ingredients together and pop them in the oven. But these brownies also contain a secret ingredient: kidney beans instead of flour. This makes these brownies gluten-free and especially high in protein.

5. Smoothie bowl instead of chocolate granola

When people need something fast in the morning, they often make a bowl of chocolate granola with milk. But did you know that one serving of granola contains about 15 g of sugar? That’s the same amount as five sugar cubes! A colorful smoothie bowl is just as quick to prepare, and the baby spinach and fruit provide your body with plenty of nutrients.

As you can see, healthy doesn’t have to be boring. Give our tasty alternatives a try! Are you looking for more health-conscious recipes? Then download the Runtasty app free of charge and take your cooking to the next level!

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Julia Denner

Julia is a dietitian and creative cook. She is passionate about traveling the world, exercising (outdoors) and trying out new restaurants and food. She is convinced that a varied diet and regular, hard training are the keys to success.
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