You may still enjoy some of your favourite comfort foods without jeopardising your fitness or weight reduction objectives when it comes to cheat meals. Cutting the fats and carbohydrates doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavour.
To fulfil your tastes and desires, all you need are a few simple changes and healthy ingredients. Here are some recipes that you and your family will like (whether or not they are aware that they are healthy):
Pizza is undoubtedly one of the top ten most-desired cheat meals. This family favourite may be easily changed by using a whole wheat thin crust, adding a lot of veggies, and using red sauce or olive oil instead of butter.
If you absolutely must eat cheese, stick to a sprinkling of low-fat mozzarella or a little crumble of feta or a little shaving of parmesan. Lean meats like chicken breast and nitrite-free Canadian bacon are good meat choices. This delicious meal is finished off by strewing fresh basil leaves on top.
Who doesn’t like a tasty burger? Use additional lean ground beef or ground turkey on your cheat day. Skip the mayo and opt for a whole wheat or whole grain bread with the standard tomato, lettuce, and onion. This cheat lunch is high in muscle-building protein1 and carbs to keep the body going.
Alternatively, omit the bun and substitute a half-whole-wheat pita pocket. Alternatively, a couple of slices of avocado and some chipotle barbeque sauce may be used in place of the bread. Both provide a fat-like richness that helps to balance out the dryness of certain extra-lean burgers.
Sweet Potato Fries by Cheater
Do you have a strong desire for French fries? If that’s the case, sweet potato fries are a better choice than traditional russets. By include plenty of fibre and antioxidants, this greatly enhances the nutritional worth of your cheat lunch.
And don’t even think about frying. Instead, cut the sweet potatoes into fingers and put them out on a lightly greased baking pan in a single layer. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the fries for 15 minutes before turning them and baking for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
For your cheat meal in the morning, eat a big bowl of granola. Choose a nut-and-dried-fruit-filled type and serve with a splash of low-fat dairy, soy, or almond milk.
Granola is usually prepared with oats, which are an excellent source of carbohydrate, and almonds, which offer lots of healthy fats for a filling meal. When picking a granola brand, though, make sure to read the label. Despite its healthful image, some granola contains a lot of saturated fats.
Cheater’s Bran Muffins
What’s to say you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Another wonderful cheat day treat is bran muffins prepared with high-quality ingredients like honey, blueberries, and walnuts. Bran is high in fiber3 and, when combined with nuts and fruit, provides enough antioxidants and good fats to justify the indulgence.
On the market, there are several great reduced-fat bran muffins. You won’t find a healthier or more delicious mid-morning snack if you pair it with a fat-free latte or a cool glass of nonfat milk.
Cheater’s Chips and Guacamole
Looking for something crunchy to eat while watching TV? Instead of the typical chips and dip, try baked tortilla chips with guacamole. Fresh avocado is a fantastic dip since it is high in healthy fats and antioxidants.
For a true south of the border treat, add a roasted garlic salsa. Replace the tortilla chips with crisp Belgian endive to make it even better. Endive has the same crunch as chips, but it also has a surprise fresh, green flavour that goes nicely with guacamole.
Breakfast is a terrific time to indulge and eat a lot of delicious, nutritious carbohydrates. Fresh-from-the-griddle whole grain or whole wheat pancakes are unbeatable, especially when drizzled with organic maple syrup. Serve with fresh berries and yoghurt and a serving of nitrate-free bacon for extra taste and protein.