From time to time, we all need an indulgent bit of comfort food. Unfortunately these foods aren’t always the healthiest items on the shelf. From high-sugar items, to other inflammatory ingredients, like dairy and gluten, our comfort foods might make matters worse rather than better. But you don’t have to give up your favorite comfort foods. In fact, here are six foods you can easily trade with your standard favorites.
Trade a Hershey’s Bar for dark chocolate
Chocolate has many health benefits, so you don’t have to cut it out altogether. But it’s a good idea to avoid all the sugar, dairy and emulsifiers that are used in the majority of chocolate treats. So, when you need some chocolate, check ingredients and look for a lot of cocoa – at least 70 percent – and no sugar, dairy and emulsifiers.
Trade dairy ice cream for plant-based ice cream
Ice creams are always going to be sweet treats, but not all ice creams are made equally. So, instead of reaching for your usual choice, check out plant-based ice creams using coconut milk. These may have fewer preservatives and additives. And by swapping dairy with coconut milk, you get a nutritious source of saturated fat which offers cardiovascular benefits.
Trade nacho chips for coconut flour chips
Traditional nachos and Dorito chips are made with corn, and while they’re oh-so addictive, the corn is probably GMO and not the best food for you. Instead, look for organic coconut flour chips, or legume-based chips, such as lentils and chickpeas.
Trade peanut butter for sunflower seed butter
Peanut butter is an American staple, but this tasty spread is usually loaded with added sugars, and can also contain a toxin called “aflatoxin”, thanks to agricultural practices. You can avoid that with sunflower seed butter, especially one made with little to no added sugar and salt.
Trade regular pasta with legume-based noodles
It’s difficult to beat a bowl of pasta, but all that gluten can weigh you down. So, consider trying something new, like a legume-based pasta, which uses lentils, chickpeas, quinoa and more.