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Quick And Easy: 15 Tasty Ways To Replace Junk Food

Quick And Easy: 15 Tasty Ways To Replace Junk Food

After a long day at work, you just want to fall down on the couch and eat all the junk food you can find. Understandably, working hard gets you tired so you don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen just to have a quick snack to eat. But are you really going to be happy after you eat all the sugary, salty or unhealthy food? Most likely you will feel bad about the decision and the food itself won’t make you feel better or give you any energy. What you need is some healthy ways to snack!

Here are 15 delicious foods to replace your lazy snacks!

1. Zucchini Chips

zucchini-chips

    Let’s start with that bag of chips you got waiting for you. It’s easy and delicious, but there are quiet a few replacement possibilities. Try zucchini chips.

    It’s easy to make: just cut the zucchini in thin slices, season to your liking and bake them. Easy as that!

    2. Apple Chips

    apple-chips

      So I also looked up a sweeter version of chips. So try these apple chips. They are super easy and delicious. I promise you won’t eat store-bought chips any more after this.

      All you do is cut an apple in thin slices, possibly with a mandolin slicer. Than you line them on a plate and leave them in the microwave for about 5 minutes. Enjoy your apple chips!

      3. Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn

      rosemary_parmesan_popcorn

        Popcorn is the next easy-to-buy  and also easy-to-make snack. It’s so good to just buy ready-made popcorn… But does it really taste that much better than homemade? I personally love it when it’s fresh, crispy and warm.

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        So here is the option to make it at home. First you pop the popcorn, than add the parmesan and end with drizzling the rosemary oil over. Let is rest for about 5 minutes and you can enjoy delicious fresh made popcorn!

        4. Frozen Banana Bites

        frozen-banana

          If you ever researched for healthy snack options, I’m sure you have seen these. The perfect combination of banana, peanut butter and chocolate. But this time you can make it a little more fancy by adding almond butter instead. Little tip: On the page with the recipe, you’ll find a way to make almond butter at home!

          So how can you make these heavenly bites? Well, put some almond butter between two slices of banana, Freeze the bites. Melt chocolate and dip them in it. And freeze again. Your frozen bites are ready to be enjoyed!

          5. Mini Pizza

          cauliflowercrust-pizza

            You want to know how healthy they are? You want to know the secret? The crust is cauliflower. Yeah, I said it. You are going to enjoy these babies without a worry.

            First you make the base by shredding cauliflower, heating it and combining with egg, mozzarella and herbs. You bake the crust first. Than you add toppings and bake again. And that is all, delicious and healthy mini pizzas!

            6. Ants On A Log

            Ants-on-a-log

              Yeah, you most like have had these before. But not with this twist. I think we left the junk food behind and moved on to the good foods.

              Try the beans on a stalk version. Cut up some pieces of celery, add guacamole and black beans. Healthy, quick and very tasty.

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              7. Frozen Yogurt Fruit Bites

              frozen-yogurt

                This is one of those great ideas where you can add your own twist. You can use any fruit you like or whatever you have left over.

                Simply place some yogurt in a silicon cup, press fruits of your choice in and put it in the freezer. Let is there overnight and done are your frozen yogurt treats.

                8. Trail Mix

                trail-mix

                  Easy to make at home and adjust to your own liking: trail mix! Mix and match all kinds of nuts and add you favorite extras.

                  Try this version with walnuts, cashews, pecans, almonds, pumpkin seeds, raisins and dried cranberries. Put all the ingredients in a bowl, mix it and it’s ready to go!

                  9. Cucumber Roll-ups

                  cucumber-roll

                    On the warmer summer days, you probably want a refreshing snack to eat. Cucumber is one of the best refreshing foods out there. These roll-ups will make you very happy.

                    You start by making slices of the cucumber. You top it with some humus, feta, red pepper and season it with some salt and pepper. Roll up and secure with a toothpick. Refreshing, delicious and healthy.

                    10. Peanut Butter Honey Yogurt Dip

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                    peanut-butter-honey-yogurt-dip

                      Yep, all the ingredients for this recipe are in the title. I think if you simply want to eat fruit and want to all a little something to it, a dip is a great option. It doesn’t take long, but you might just enjoy your fruit that little bit more.

                      Combine the peanut butter, honey and yogurt in a bowl. Stir until smooth. Dip in your favorite fruit.

                      11. Yogurt Ranch Dip

                      greek-yogurt-ranch-dip

                        If you need a healthy dip for fruit, you also need a healthy dip for vegetables. Or for anything else. Just add it when you want, because it’s healthy.

                        Combine yogurt, garlic, parsley, chives, dill, onion powder, salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk. Let is chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Serve with your favorite vegetables.

                        12. Chocolate Mousse

                        healthy-chocolate-mousse

                          I had to add this. Chocolate is my favorite thing in life. And I have had this healthy version before too. I can tell you it is the best thing in life.

                          Combine maple syrup, vanilla, avocado and cacao in a blender. Mix for about 30 seconds. Add some water and set in the fridge.

                          13. Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream

                          healthy-banana-peanut-butter-ice-cream

                            You can make almost any ice cream healthy at home, but this seemed like a good basic recipe. Everybody loves banana and peanut butter.

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                            Combine frozen banana, peanut butter, almond milk and cinnamon in a blender and mix till smooth. Freeze for one hour and serve with toppings.

                            14. Oatmeal Cookies

                            oatmeal-cookies

                              The smell of fresh baked cookies is possibly the best smell ever. So why not bake some? Here are some healthy oatmeal cookies.

                              In one bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder. In a different bowl, combine egg, oil, sugar and vanilla. Combine all the ingredients together. Line up balls of the dough and bake for 15 minutes.

                              15. Granola Bar

                              granola-bars

                                Make this and you got a to go snack for a week. Healthy and filling granola bars.

                                Combine oats, sunflower seeds and almonds and place in the oven for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, add honey, sugar, butter and salt and heat it on medium heat. When the oat mixture is done, add it in the honey and mix all the ingredients together. Bake for 25 minutes.

                                Featured photo credit: Viktor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

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                                Last Updated on November 9, 2020

                                10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                                10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                                Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

                                Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

                                Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

                                If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

                                Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

                                1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

                                Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

                                Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

                                Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

                                2. No Motivation

                                Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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                                This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

                                If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

                                3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

                                Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

                                A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

                                A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

                                The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

                                4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

                                One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

                                We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

                                Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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                                You can read this article to learn more: We Do What We Know Is Bad for Us, Why?

                                5. Upward Comparisons

                                Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

                                The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

                                These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

                                Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

                                6. No Alternative

                                This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

                                Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

                                Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

                                Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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                                7. Stress

                                As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

                                When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

                                We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

                                If you need some help reducing stress, check out the following video for some healthy ways to get started:

                                8. Sense of Failure

                                People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

                                Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

                                Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

                                If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

                                9. The Need to Be All-New

                                People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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                                These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

                                10. Force of Habit

                                Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

                                Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

                                These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

                                Final Thoughts

                                These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

                                There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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                                Reference

                                [1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
                                [2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
                                [3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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