Fitness frenzy is the fad of the century but it’s not for everyone. When everyone around you has become a “gym freak” and only indulges in an “organic diet”, you feel sad about not being on the healthy train as you cup that last scoop of Strawberry ice cream. What the problem with most diets is that they don’t allow room for any flavour to seep through. That’s what makes most of them unachievable. Instead of pushing people to the verge of eating disorders and relentless guilt, we can provide alternative dietary practices which are easier to adapt to. So without compromising on the flavour we tell you 10 ingredients that you should include in your lifestyle for a healthy and tasty diet.
1. Dark Chocolate
The solution for all your chocolate cravings. One piece of dark chocolate is as satisfying as a whole milk chocolate and hence one gets convinced to eat lesser. It contains cocoa beans which have the highest concentration of antioxidants.
This relatively unknown veggie is pretty low in calories but is extremely fibrous. It’s juicy, crunchy and wonderfully sweet. It tastes very good raw but it can also be cooked. Its crispiness and sweetness make it a great treat for the summers.
They don’t have a very string flavor but have a subtle, nutty undertone to them. They contain Amega-3 fatty acids which are healthy fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects, lignans which contain antioxidants and lots of fiber.
4. Wholegrain Pasta
A great substitute for regular pasta that contains simple carbs. Its taste and texture has also improved quite a lot in the past few years and the thinnest noodles like angel hair taste just like regular pasta but is ten times healthier in comparison.
Pistachios have a delicious buttery flavour and a long list of health benefits. They’re an excellent source of protein, fiber, antioxidants and potassium. Plus, they contain healthy monounsaturated fats that may help lower bad cholesterol levels and protect against heart disease.
6. Green Tea
Replace your high calorie drinks with green tea containing zero calories. It has fat burning capacity alongside other numerous health benefits like lowering risk of various types of cancer, protection in old age against Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s etc.
7. Goji Berries
They’re a good source of protein, in addition to containing high levels of antioxidants and trace minerals, like copper, iron, zinc, calcium, germanium, phosphorus, and selenium. The list goes on—they also contain Vitamin B and Vitamin E. Dried Goji Berries are a bit tangy, a little sweet, and have the same texture as raisins. Eat them by the handful or mix them into a homemade trail mix for a tasty superfood snack and it will always be a healthy and tasty diet!
The most beautiful and delicious fruit of all time, hands-down is Pineapple! Sprinkle it with black pepper or eat it raw, it doesn’t matter. Your taste-buds will thank you anyway. But like all fruit, it naturally contains sugar, so moderation is key. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain that helps improve digestion and also acts as an anti-inflammatory.
9. Chocolate Milk
Another healthy substitute for a sweet-food craving, just drizzle a little chocolate syrup into your two percent milk and drink it hot or cold. You’ll satisfy your sweet craving while filling up on appetite-busting protein. Why ruin a healthy diet for a controllable urge?
10. Greek Yoghurt
Non-fat Greek yogurt is creamy, decadent, and amazing for your body. On average, one 8-oz serving offers up nearly 20g of muscle-feeding protein. You can eat it plain if you like, but the beauty of Greek yogurt lies in its versatility. From fresh fruit to seeds and nuts, to honey or cinnamon, your add-in options are endless.