In the midst of your diet and exercise regime, you've done your best to convince yourself that pizza, burgers and French fries won't find their way into your routine, no matter how delicious they may be. But isn't it possible to transform some of the unhealthy foods you love into ones that would be deemed healthy?
One of the bigger issues the would be healthy crowd comes into contact with as far as foods go is not having the time to devote to the actual art of cooking versus the convenience of fast food or those of the "junk" nature.
Pizza and hamburgers often are cast in a negative light for no other reason than the fast food variety of these foods are riddled with fat, whether you're talking about the low grade meat used or the cheese that would hardly be considered low fat.
You can easily concoct a hamburger or cheeseburger, along with those fries, that would make even the healthiest salad green with envy. Not only is your home grown hamburger nearly as healthy as those greens but it's going to taste a lot better this summer at the barbeque than eating vegetables for months.
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Buy the hamburger meat that is a little more expensive but well worth the cost, since it will be less than 4% fat versus the ground chuck that should be chucked with about 50% of it being fat content.
As far as your French fries, who says they have to actually live up to their name? Frying fries isn't going to help you squeeze into that bathing suit by any means. You can always hand cut your own potatoes, preferably sweet potatoes, and bake them in the oven to a golden brown with the same crispy variety that you love from the fried versions. Once they're finished in the oven, toss them with a little salt and pepper and you'll wonder why you didn't do this earlier.
And if pizza is your choice for guilty pleasure food, why not skip the sausage and pepperoni and opt for grilled chicken, roasted peppers or fresh veggies like spinach, kale or even a little squash or zucchini. If cheese makes the pizza for you, then try low moisture mozzarella or other cheese that are lower in fat content. The melange of vegetables, seasoned chicken and cheese won't have you missing the calories.
Labeling foods "bad" or "no good" is a bit hasty in most instances. Certain foods fall into that category no matter how you slice them, but eliminating some of your favorites without thinking through the preparation process is shortsighted and won't do your palate and summer, or the rest of the year for that matter, any favors.
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