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The world already seems like a dark and miserable place with the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s easy to find some comfort in food. Isn’t there something insanely tempting about the gooey mac-n-cheese, potato chips, and a cup of sugar-laden cappuccino? But these heavy comfort foods are definitely making weight loss a distant dream.
Good news: there is a way to satiate those cravings without going on a guilt trip. The answer: switch to a healthier alternative. So the next time you tune in to Netflix holding a bowl full of fried topped with ketchup, remember there’s a healthier (and probably tastier) substitute right in your kitchen.
Swap out the caloric and sugar-dense comfort foods for these alternatives:
Healthy Food Alternatives – Swap Your Favorite Foods
Swap Sugar For Jaggery
Sugar does some not-so-sweet things to your body like interfering with your weight and immune system, unexplained bloating, and premature aging. Swap it for the healthier and tastier jaggery. Add it to your teas and cakes next time and we bet you will never use the commercial brown sugar again.
We Recommend: Organic Jaggery Powder (INR 69) from Pro Nature.
Swap Chips For Popcorn
If you are craving for something salty, drop that packet of chips and grab a bowl of lightly salted popcorn. The fiber and healthy fat in this crunchy snack will satiate your cravings and give your body a boost of antioxidants.
Swap Ketchup For Homemade Chutney
I don’t want to ruin it for you but did you know that one tablespoon of your favourite tomato ketchup has more sugar in it that a chocolate chip cookie. Chutneys made at home are not only tastier but also has a host of health benefits from soothing the stomach to acting as a detox agent.
Swap Regular Butter For Peanut Butter
Butter is a rich source of saturated fat, the same thing that raises cholesterol levels and increases the risk of heart disease. An easy substitute is peanut butter. Add it to your toast and sandwiches or apply generously over an apple slice to keep away the late afternoon cravings.
We Recommend: Peanut Butter (INR 645) from Mettle.
Swap Coffee For Green Tea
Green coffee is unroasted coffee that contains chlorogenic acid, known for its anti-oxidant and inflammatory properties. If you want to lose those extra pounds around your belly, switching to green coffee can be a smart choice. It may take a few days to develop the taste, but the switch is worth it.
We Recommend: Natural Instant Green Coffee (INR 299) from Greenbrrew.
Swap Soda For Coconut Water
Coconut water is a natural source of vitamins and minerals. It serves as an effective after-workout drink. What’s better, it contains less sodium and sugar than the regular juices, sodas, and sports drinks available at supermarkets.