Healthy Versions of Your Favorite Cheat Meals

There are certain foods you must indulge in from time to time. However, what do you do when you’ve already had your cheat meal for the week, but still want junk food? Well, one option involves trying the healthy version. When you do this, you’ll be able to enjoy these recipes whenever you want to. What makes it even better is that you can eat the meals without any guilt. Consider these three recipes.

  1. Popcorn 

Popcorn kernels are pretty inexpensive and they’re available in all the grocery stores. Coat the bottom of a pot with vegetable oil. Once it’s coated, immediately add the kernels and cover the pot. Set the heat to medium-high. As the kernels begin to pop, shake the pot vigorously over the heat. This allows the kernels to get coated and remain active. If they’re sitting still in the heat, this increases the chances of burnt popcorn. Once all of the kernels are popped, add melted vegan butter and seasonings to a separate bowl. You can choose to add a little bit of salt and call it a day. You can also add chicken seasoning , garlic blends and nutritional yeast flakes.

  1. Fries 

Fries are delicious yet really fattening when they’re steeped in a vat of hot oil. Make a healthier version with sweet potatoes. Cut the sweet potatoes into smaller fries or wedges. Coat the sweet potatoes with a little bit of olive oil or coconut oil. Add cajun seasonings, sea salt and paprika for a delightful taste. Bake the fries in the oven until they’re crispy. Once they’re done, enjoy them with a side of ketchup or another favorite condiment.

  1. Ice Cream 

Ice cream is filled with artificial sugars and sweeteners. Instead of indulging in a sweet treat with nutrients, try nice cream instead. Nice cream is made from frozen bananas and has the same consistency as ice cream. Add chopped frozen bananas to a food processor. As the bananas are churning, add some vanilla extract or fresh vanilla bean pods. Add a dash of cinnamon for flavor. Once you have the consistency you’re looking for, you can place the nice cream in a waffle bowl or sugar cone. Add toppings like other fresh fruit. Strawberries, blackberries and mangos will go well on top of a nice cream bowl.

 

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