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It's a gluten-free, non-fat and reduced-calorie world we're
living in these days. But it doesn't
have to be that way. Did you know that
there are junk foods that are healthy? Don't get all excited thinking that a bag of Skittles is now categorized
as a fruit. Common sense still
prevails. However, there are some foods
that are traditionally thought of as "junk food" that now fall into the
"healthy food" category.
Chips done right can actually be good for you, that means either preparing your own homemade
potato chips or choosing a healthier version of a traditional chip. Kettle chips are a great choice because they
are made from high-fiber, high-protein beans and whole grain. Eat them with some delicious guacamole
and you'll never miss greasy chips again.
Yeah, right. Chocolate. Healthy? Nonsense! Your eyes are not deceiving you. Chocolate has many health benefits. The key is selecting a dark chocolate, not a Cadbury Egg. Dark chocolate contains a bean called cacao
which packs a big punch. It's good for
your heart, helps in diabetes prevention, reduces stress and the list goes
on. Just remember that moderation is
Resveratrol is my new best friend. It's found in red wine and it has magical
powers. In studies done on animals, it's
been shown to prevent damage to blood vessels, reduce "bad" cholesterol and
prevent blood clots. This has been shown
in animals, not people, however I'm willing to consider myself an animal and
assume these benefits transfer to me as well.
Oatmeal and ginger cookies are your healthiest choices for a
down and dirty cookie. If you want to
throw graham crackers into the cookie category, those are a nice choice as
well. They are relatively low in sugar
and calories. Top them with peanut
butter and you'll kill two birds with one stone: sweet and salty.
Grab all of your favorite fruits and veggies. It's time to take the traditional popsicle to
the next-level. Healthy popsicles
are so easy to make, and the best thing is you can do them in batches and always
have a healthy snack ready and waiting for you. Get all of your essential vitamins and minerals in a delicious
treat. These are great for the whole
All moms can attest to the magical powers of coffee. This must-have beverage is often the only
thing that can power us through an entire day. No need to feel guilty indulging in this caffeine-packed beverage. Several studies suggest that coffee helps
prevent diabetes and can lower the risk of liver disease. Go easy on the sugar and sip away!
There's no denying that ice cream isn't exactly a true
health food, but stick with me here. Aside from all of the negative aspects, there are some silver linings to
this delicious bowl of yum. Ice cream
has bone-strengthening calcium and phosphorus, the potassium is great for
lowering your blood pressure, B vitamins for energy and protein to aid in
tissue repair and cell growth. So
blind-eye to the negatives and enjoy all of the positives that ice cream brings
to the table.
I could eat cheese on anything. Cheese on crackers, cheese on veggies, cheese
on cheese. Have you ever heard anyone
say, "Stop. Stop! That's too much cheese!" Never. Calcium is one of the nutrients that is most
lacking in the American diet. Especially
when it comes to women. Lucky for us,
it's one of the main ingredients in cheese! As if that wasn't enough to sell you on it, cheese also contains
protein, Vitamin A and Vitamin B12. More
As you can see, there are many junk foods that are
healthy. It's simply a matter of
moderation, common sense and throwing away preconceived notions. Food isn't something that we should feel bad
about. Choose foods that are healthy,
tasty and rich in nutrients. But just as
important, choose foods that make you happy.