More is Less:
Cheat Meal Alternatives
for Diet Noobs
By Tynne De Leon
So, you’re new to the dieting game. While you want to focus on your fitness goals, you also can’t deny your undying love for food. You even bring out your calculator while grocery shopping because, hell, your calorie intake limit is stricter than law. You’re even hesitant to consider cheat meals because hell, naw, you’re going to risk ruining your progress. But worry not, my friend, there are healthier options you can consider for that cheat meal you’ve been planning.
Brown, Red and Black Rice
Aside from their low fat content, these types of rice are known for many other health benefits. Red and black rice contain anthocyanins, a pigment found in blueberries, grapes and acai (known to have anti-cancer properties). Brown rice, on the other hand, lowers the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. If you’re planning on carb-ing out with rice for your cheat meal, also consider upping your nutrition level with these healthy alternatives.
Step up your pasta game with unique flavors and health benefits. Zoodles (zucchini noodles) comes from a vegetable dish, and it’s something pasta lovers will surely love because it’s got all the deliciousness and comfort of noodles minus the carbs. What are you waiting for? Ready your cooking pan and follow this recipe.
Burrito with Beans
Craving the satisfaction of a burrito without the fat? Go for a combination of pita beans, cheese and tomato sauce—ta-da! A low-fat burrito that’s worth every bite. Try adding vegetables by following this low-calorie recipe.
If you feel like meat is a sin, thank God for white meat! While they’re a leaner source of protein, they contain less fat. White meat includes turkey, chicken and fish. For chicken, the breast part keeps your calories at minimum, while ground turkey has low calorie content. They’re best boiled, though, as frying is a bona fide way to ruin your diet.
If you love burgers but need to shed some fat, there are other healthy ways to satisfy your cravings. Lamb is a good alternative to red meat—and it’s delicious too! Top it with a lot of veggies and your belly will thank you. Try Greek lamb burger with this recipe.
If you’re not a vegetarian, you might be convinced to make the switch when you try veggie pizza. This isn’t your ordinary pizza, as you have a variety of vegetables to choose from without sacrificing flavor. Check out these nourishing options for your next pizza binge or start with the Cauliflower Pizza with Malunggay Pesto.
Sweet Potato Fries
Who doesn’t love fries? While you might miss the crisp satisfaction of mouth-watering, salty French fries, you’re trying to clock in as few calories as possible. Why not try sweet potato fries? It comes with minimal prep, same as that of regular fries, but much healthier. Check out the simple step-by-step food prep here.
Sisig: The beautiful pork sin of all sins! Oh, how we love us some sisig—if only it weren’t a sure-fire way to chubbytown and cardiac arrest. But fret not, there’s a healthier option in the form of tofu sisig! This tasty alternative is no diet buster, and still allows you the crispy satisfaction you’ve been craving for. For homemade cooking, you can try this recipe.
Which meal are you planning for your next cheat meal? Sound off below!