In recent times, more and more of us have become aware of the bad effects of food on our health and our bodies. What you eat is going to impact on the health and body no matter what you do. Increasing knowledge about these effects has done well to ensure that most of us try strict diets that don’t comprise of any unhealthy foods.
However, there’s no doubt that there are some foods that instill a special feeling and these are the foods that we often start craving regardless of how unhealthy they may be. Pizza is the perfect example of this and no matter what I do, I need to have pizza at least once a week.
To be honest with you, just because you’re trying to stick to a balanced diet shouldn’t lead to this. You shouldn’t come to a point where you can’t enjoy your favourite foods such as pizza. Our body is complicated and having these foods satisfy it so it’s definitely a good idea to eat these in moderation.
Alongside eating smaller portions, there are also some things you can change in the recipe to make these bad foods a bit less unhealthy than they actually are. Let’s face it, it’ll be difficult to make a healthy pizza that has that same taste but what you can do is tweak the recipe so that you achieve a relatively similar taste but make it less unhealthy. This is what we’ll focus on today – tweaking some of our favourite foods to make them less unhealthy and more enjoyable.
Let’s start with the Pizza!
Pizza – usually we eat pizza that has that thick deep pan crust. You can usually see a lot of oil and grease when you pick the piece out from the pan or the box. The best way to make it less unhealthy is to pick a thinner crust that will provide far less calories than the deep pan crust. In addition to this, you should also pick toppings that contain less processed meats like pepperoni and salami. You should also avoid toppings like extra cheese and replace these with toppings that provide less calories and more health benefits. As an example, you could add toppings like more vegetables and prawns to the pizza instead.
Chinese – Takeaways play a massive importance in our lives and we often order one at least once a week. I know that students rely on this on a daily basis when they are attending university. This can have a terrible effect on the overall health and the waistline. You can make a Chinese takeaway less unhealthy by trying dishes that contain low-fat meats and low calories in general. For example, a prawn dish or a steamed fish dish might be a much better option than most other items on the menu.
Kebab – this is another common takeaway item that most people love to enjoy. However, a lot of us go for the doner option even though it is completely processed and contains lots of sodium amongst other unhealthy ingredients. If you want to enjoy this without feeling guilty then try something like a chicken tikka kebab instead as this will comprise of vegetables, boneless chicken pieces and some pitta or naan bread.
Chips – Probably the most common takeaway food, chips are usually deep-fried and also contain lots of salt. When you buy chips from a takeaway, you don’t actually know what’s inside and how they’ve been prepared. You should always go for a thicker cut when compared to thin French fries. If you’re going to be making chips at home then don’t prepare them in a deep fat fryer. The perfect way of preparation would be to cook them in an oven or an air fryer because these methods will use very little to literally no oil at all.
Curry – almost everyone in the UK loves curry and there are all kinds of options we have available to us. However, it’s important to remember that curry can be extremely unhealthy. When ordering this or preparing at home, you need to ensure that you avoid curries that are made with a lot of cream. Use more vegetables and eat curries that are tomato-based.