Depending on the restaurant, the average serving of french fries is about 275 calories – and no one ever has just one serving size. For a healthier alternative that still satisfies your craving, try this recipe for oven-baked fries. It skips the oil vat and uses better-for-you red potatoes, but still meets the standards of a picky junk food lover like myself. The best part? There’s only four ingredients! Try it with our healthy burgers.
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I feel like I hear the phrase “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” way too often these days. And when you say this to me, I don’t find you to be an impressive go-getter. I assume you’re a manic, high-strung, uber type-A personality who’s going to end up stressing me out. While some people naturally don’t need as much sleep as others, the vast majority of us need 8-9 hours a night to be at our best.
I’m sure I don’t need to rehash the vast benefits of sleep, but maybe – either because you’re young or you’ve never had trouble sleeping – you don’t realize quite how important it is. It’s when your body gets to shut down and restore itself, your cells rebuild, and your brain gets a rest. More quality sleep will improve your health, mood, and appearance. If you’re having trouble falling asleep at a reasonable hour or you’re extremely tired in the morning, try some of our suggestions throughout your day for a more rejuvenating sleep tonight.
In our post about making healthy substitutions, we talked about switching out cream-based vegetable dips and butter on bread for olive oil dressings. Below is a recipe from Real Simple (with my modifications) for fresh vegetable dip that’s so fast and easy, washing and chopping the vegetables will be the longest task. It smells, tastes, and looks amazing at parties.
I also get a cheap glass dressing bottle with a vented pourer from a craft store or Bed, Bath, & Beyond and funnel everything into it. Pour it out, heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds, and you have a warm, healthy dip for whole grain bread and veggies any time. Or you can sprinkle it onto a salad – it quickly becomes addictive.
You don’t have to completely overhaul your diet and live on wheat bran, kale, and soy milk to eat healthier. The best thing you can do (and the easiest to stick to) is substitute things you already eat with healthier alternatives. Virtually everyone on my mother’s side of the family has some sort of food allergy or digestive illness so we’ve been learning how to find and prepare tasty food substitutes almost my entire life.
I learned even more about nutrition when my mother was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, which forced her to drastically change her diet. Thankfully I’ve only had mild issues up to this point. But it’s caused me to work with my doctor to find healthy foods I actually like.
Here’s some of the best small steps you can take right now:
Lean, grass-fed, organic beef instead of regular ground beef
Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t have to cut out red meat entirely or substitute it only with ground turkey, which lacks a certain amount of flavor. The real issues with red meat are fat, hormones, and grains. So a good solution is to look for lean, grass-fed, organic beef. Almost every grocery store is now carrying some version of this, though you have a better chance finding it at places like Wegman’s, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods.