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Does your favorite indulgence get a bad rap? Now you can say goodbye to your guilt! These five tasty treats can benefit your health in a variety of ways. Read on to find out how you can transform your sinful favorites into something you can feel good about sinking your teeth into this fall!
With Halloween lurking around the corner, it’s hard not to crave chocolate! Just remember, the darker the better. Dark cocoa contains powerful antioxidants, nutrients, and minerals including fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium. Just a small bite can curb your cravings to prevent you from overeating later on, while still satisfying your sweet tooth in a healthy way!
Go with the flow! Choose heart-healthy red wines, including organic varieties. Red wine contains resveratrol, which has been proven to increase heart health. Red wine is also loaded with antioxidants that may help lower bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of clotting. But watch out for sulfites in wine, a preservative that can create allergic responses, such as migraines.
Just in time for football season! Made of avocados, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and a dash of lemon or lime, this savory snack will keep you refreshed and full throughout the day. Avocados are rich in “good” monounsaturated fat, which lowers bad cholesterol. In fact, avocados are one of the healthiest foods you could eat with about twenty different nutrients, including vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, lutein, folate, and many more. Guacamole is packed with nutrition, and so versatile you can eat it as a dip with fresh veggies, or as a spread on sandwiches and wraps. Touchdown!
All-Natural Ice Cream
Make fall and winter even cooler with ice cream! Ice cream is a good source of bone-strengthening calcium, and contains potassium, and B vitamins. Just remember to keep your serving size in check and opt for natural varieties. Top your frozen treat with nuts or fresh fruit, like berries, bananas, or mango. Or add a punch of flavor with cinnamon, mint, peanut butter or cocoa powder.
Pop into fall with popcorn! Since popcorn is a whole grain, it’s also naturally low in fat, calories and sodium, while being packed with fiber. Look for non-GMO and organic popcorn, and pop it yourself the old fashioned way. Swap artificial butter for coconut oil, olive oil, cheese, chili powder, sea salt, cinnamon, or cayenne pepper. The possibilities are endless!
Just remember, a little goes a long way! If you neglect your cravings, it can lead to binge eating. But too much of anything can be bad for you, so keep everything in moderation. Enjoy these guilty pleasures with a guilt-free conscience, knowing that your favorite snacks may actually do you a bit of good!
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