Ways to make your favorite junk foods healthierPublished 3:09pm Friday, February 8, 2013
Now that the Super Bowl’s over, it’s time for me to slip back into my post-football depression for about seven months, until the new season begins.
Folks who aren’t sports aficionados might not realize it’s difficult for most of us to watch a sporting event whilst munching exclusively on foods like bean sprouts and radishes. Today I’m going to explain how to make those occasions’ junk food more healthful.
First, let’s realize what makes junk foods so appealing. It tastes so good, mainly because it usually contains large amounts of sugar, salt and fat. There are ways to enjoy these items without totally giving up your diet.
Here are a few…
1. Hamburgers: To make hamburgers more healthful, start with very lean, fresh ground beef. Use whole grain buns, and load up on vegetable toppings like tomatoes, onion, dark lettuce and pickles, but don’t stop there. Be creative when you build your burgers. Other delicious, toppings could include mushrooms, avocado, watercress, horseradish, sprouts, grilled peppers, pimento, cucumber and relish. Also use reduced fat cheese, and low fat mayo.
2. French fries: Cut potatoes into wedges, leaving the skins on, brush with olive oil, then bake. You can also prepare parsnips the same way. Baked parsnips are delicious. Sweet potatoes are great too.
3. Pizza: Start with whole grain thin crust. Use non-stick trays to save on calories and load your pizza with veggies. Reduce fat further by cutting back on or using low fat cheese.
4. Chicken wings: Shallow fry instead of deep frying, using healthy olive or sunflower oil. You can also oven “fry” first by coating chicken with corn meal, flour and spices, then baking.