Healthy Alternatives Archive

DIY Microwave Meals

One of the biggest set backs in healthy eating is the time it takes to make home-cooked meals. Everyone is restricted on time these days. So I wanted to give you guys one of my best secrets for saving a ton of time and still eating super healthy meals. These Zip ‘n ...Read More

Red Meat

Do you feel like a meal is not a meal unless it involves a big hunk of meat? The good news is you don’t have to give up meat to achieve a healthy weight — just be choosy about your cuts. A typical flank steak has about 700 calories (more if you ...Read More

Doughnuts

  If you’re dieting, doughnuts are like the forbidden fruit. That fact alone may be enough to trigger a craving. Research suggests that a yo-yo pattern of eating favorite foods one week and putting them off-limits the next can intensify cravings. If you are really having a craving, better to have just ...Read More

Soup Season!

Now that the weather is finally leaning toward the colder months ahead, it’s time to break out the crock pot. Soups, sauces, chili and stew are some fantastic choices. Plus it’s super easy to crock pot a big batch at once and have leftovers for easy, healthy lunches. Here’s how to make a ...Read More

Ballpark Food

  If the game’s not the same without a corndog, you may be prone to another example of setting-induced cravings. Just seeing or smelling the concession stands can make it tough to resist. But consider these numbers: 8 ounces of cheesy nachos – 900 calories 8-ounce bag of raw peanuts – 800 ...Read More

Popcorn

  Sometimes a setting can trigger a craving, like the desire for popcorn at the movies. Memory plays a big role in cravings — you’ve enjoyed popcorn at the movies before, so you expect to again. Popcorn itself can be a healthy snack, but movie theaters tend to pop it in coconut ...Read More

Chocolate

Almost half of American women crave chocolate on a regular basis. There have been many theories to explain why, ranging from magnesium deficiency to mood swings. But one thing is certain: Downing a candy bar is a quick way to add a couple hundred extra calories to your day. Better Bet: Have ...Read More

Potato Chips

  It’s the combination of salty and crunchy that gives potato chips their allure. Depending on the flavor, a 1-ounce snack bag has at least 150 calories. Munch your way through a large 8-ounce bag and you’re looking at 1,230 calories — not counting any dip. Better Bet: Dip celery or carrot ...Read More

Food Fraud: Cole Slaw

Cabbage can be dandy for weight loss, but cole slaw can be a diet disaster. At one popular restaurant, a small cup (4.5 ounces) has 260 calories and 21 grams of fat — a third of most people’s daily limit — thanks to copious mayonnaise. Food Fix: Some places make a healthier slaw, ...Read More

Food Fraud: Iceberg Lettuce

This popular lettuce is big on crunch but a big “zero” when it comes to vitamins and flavor. And its boring taste leads many people to overdo it on the dressing and toppings. Food Fix: Add spinach or arugula to the mix. Crumble 2 tablespoons (100 calories) of blue cheese or feta on ...Read More