Diet Cheat Sheet: Healthy “Junk” Foods

Posted on January 24, 2012 by


Avoiding junk  foods can seem impossible, but there are delicious, healthy alternatives that  won’t be an enemy to your waistline.
By  Dr. Mehmet Oz Original  Content  |  December  14, 2011
Ice cream Photo: Thinkstock
Enjoy “junk foods” without the  guilt. Try these better-for-you versions of some of your favorite treats.
Double Churned Ice Cream
Double churned ice cream  contains more air, but is still just as creamy as traditional ice cream. Also,  because double-churned ice cream is made with real cream, it’s less likely to  include artificial sweeteners. Half a cup of double churned ice  cream can be about 100 calories, which is less than many brands of frozen  yogurt. Look for “slow churned” or “slow cold.”
Sweet Potato  Fries
Baking sweet potato fries coated in olive oil can be a  great way to turn a traditional junk food into a healthy side dish. Sweet  potatoes contain high levels of fiber and vitamin A, which is an important  nutrient for many parts of the body, including the heart. Additionally, studies  show that the nutrients and antioxidants in sweet potatoes can actually help  reduce the risk of cancer.
Dark Chocolate
Instead  of milk chocolate, try dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, an  important antioxidant that helps lower blood pressure; be sure to look for a  cocoa content above seventy percent. Dark chocolate with almonds can be an even  healthier alternative, as almonds provide healthy fats. However, because nuts  are high in calories, portion control is key.
Air-popped Potato  Chips
Many brands of air-popped potato chips are made without  artificial preservatives or corn oil. Because they are bulkier, they take up  more room in the bag. This means there are fewer to eat, adding fewer calories  to your day.

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