Have Your Chocolate and Eat it Too With These Healthy Food Tips
You can go from unhealthy fat filled eating to tasty healthy eating by changing just a few little things. You will not sacrifice flavor and no one will ever know you are doing it. In fact, what I am about to reveal are my top secrets that I have hidden from my family for years!
Change Your Cheese
I love cheese. In fact, the more cheese a dish has, the more I like it. One of my favorite dishes is a five-cheese manicotti. Now, even with my changes, it is not the healthiest dish. However, it is a whole lot better than what it was before I started!
Cheese is simple to change. When you go to your grocery store, you will find shredded cheese in packages. You will also find them in whole blocks. I prefer the whole blocks because they are not as dried out, but it does not matter.
What you need to look for is the cheese that says 2% or low fat. These cheeses taste the same, especially when used in recipes. This cuts down your fat tremendously. If you have ever done Weight Watchers, you will notice this in most of their recipes.
Change Your Chocolate
I love chocolate. I can eat it all day and all night long. I could not give up chocolate even if I wanted to. However, I have found some healthy alternatives to eating chocolate that are awesome.
First, there is Jell-O Pudding Snacks. You can buy the sugar free versions and they have half the calories. Plus, they are delicious. My favorite is the chocolate vanilla swirl.
For ice cream lovers, Weight Watchers has some to die for ice creams. They have my childhood favorite drumstick and my adult favorite Toffee. They are low in calories (1 Weight Watcher Point) and are oh so good.
Yummy Yogurt With Half the Calories
You have probably seen the commercials where the lady talks about Key Lime Pie, Cheesecake and such. She goes on and on about how she lost weight eating these delicious treats. It is true!
When you compare the light yogurt to the regular yogurt, you cannot taste the difference. My favorites, strawberry banana and banana cream pie, come in both the light and regular version. I bought them both and did a side-by-side comparison. I could not tell the difference and neither could my kids!
Chocolate Pie Galore
I make a chocolate pie that everyone gobbles up. It is simple and no one ever knows I use “healthy” ingredients. I take a light graham crust; fill it with sugar free Jell-O Pudding mixed with half a tub of light Cool Whip. Then I top the pie with the rest of the Cool Whip. Last, I add a handful of the mini chocolate chips. No one can taste the difference and by using the mini chips, you get the yumminess of chocolate chips at a smaller caloric cost.