You might have been asked that question before:
“Do you eat that just because it’s healthier or because you actually think it tastes good?”
I get it. It’s true that the healthier option can leave you longing for the real deal food.
For example, the following foods are best in their truest, non-“healthified” forms:
- ice cream and gelato (love you, Arctic Zero, but you’re not ice cream)
- almost any dessert, for that matter (butter, sugar, flour=♥)
- cheese (nutritional yeast can never be a creamy brie or sharp cheddar)
- beef burgers (turkey, chicken, black bean burgers…valiant effort)
- pasta (spaghetti squash is a vegetable and only a vegetable)
- peanut butter (PB2 and Better ‘N’ Peanut Butter are travesties)
- fried fries (baked fries are delicious, but not as delicious. don’t lie.)
- the whole egg (the chicken gave you the whole egg, let’s be courteous and at least eat a yolk or two)
- real meat and fish (tempeh, tofu, seitan, beans— eh.)
- sugar, honey, maple syrup (someone please tell me you sense a weird aftertaste from stevia)
- milk chocolate (I know a lot of you love dark chocolate, but I gag on that stuff)
- full fat or 2% yogurt (I don’t want to turn back to sour nonfat)
- sweetened sunflower seed butter (unsweetened sunflower seed butter is like glue in my mouth)
- cow’s milk (it’s the cookie’s favorite beverage. almond milk is second place.)
In other words, I do not plan on becoming a vegan any time soon.
But then there some instances in which I genuinely prefer the taste of a healthier food over its less healthy counterpart.
- natural peanut butter vs. commercial brand
- whole grain bread vs. white bread (only when it comes to sandwich bread. restaurant bread is a whole ‘nother story!)
- plain Greek yogurt vs. pre-sweetened yogurt
- brown rice vs. white rice
- vegetables vs. other side/snack (sometimes)
Of course, what I actually eat depends on the day and my mood. But I don’t force feed myself healthy foods just because they’re healthy. I’ve come to trust that my body craves what it needs. If it wants a fresh, crisp salad, I’ll eat it. If it wants a hearty meat dish, I’ll have that.
Sometimes I will be especially mindful of salt and sugar intake if I’ve been eating a lot of either, because too much of those things makes me feel like poop (physically, not so much mentally). In those cases, I might choose the less tasty, healthier versions to bring my blood sugar/sodium levels back to earth.
I’ll stop talking about food and let you see food!
Yesterday, I ate mostly healthy stuff, because that’s just the way the cookie (Quest bar?) crumbled.
breakfast peanut butter banana rice pudding with Greek yogurt and chia seeds + strawberries
I was actually craving a smoothie, but I forgot to freeze bananas the night before, so I made this instead. A great choice featuring natural peanut butter and brown rice.
And because this was a pretty sweet breakfast, I wanted mostly savory for snack and lunch.
mixed nuts — this times ten perhaps
leftover pulled pork over salad
If I have a salty, saucy meat dish, I love having fresh veggies underneath to soak up the juices and make it taste a little less salty in my mouth.
For snacks, I like to be satisfied with flavorful things. I chose processed snap pea crisps over the bell pepper strips I was thinking of packing. I also had half a Justin’s vanilla almond butter sandwich on Dave’s Killer Bread. The hearty, whole grain bread was tasty and kept me full.
More salad with brown rice and leftover chicken, because I was lazy. That’s the reason.
Bell peppers with hummus— now I wanted that crispy freshness to cool down my mouth from the sriracha I put on my salad.
mint chocolate chip Quest bar (still from Blend swag) with peanut butter
I know. It’s a Quest bar with stevia in it. I still like it, but it will forever only be “dessert”— with quotation marks.
This is real dessert from Monday night:
vanilla bean ice cream with strawberries and a cinnamon raisin WB Kitchen cookie (which is pretty good, but definitely no oatmeal raisin cookie)
I’m getting some more real ice cream tonight with my friends 🙂
Hope your days are filled with sugar, spice, and everything nice!
So tell me:
Some less healthy foods that cannot be replaced justly.
Some healthy foods that you actually prefer.
What did you have for snacks yesterday? I need some new snack ideas!