What to Eat If You Hate “Eating Healthy”

Do you ever find yourself looking at your friends’ diets and thinking, “How can you eat so healthy?” If you find you’d rather order pizza over chicken salad, then this article is for you. Not everyone is prone to loving green juices and Buddha bowls, but this does not mean healthy eating has to taste so healthy. We have some recipes and products that will have you second guessing if they’re truly full of nutrients — Taco Tuesday included.

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Tacos

One way to make Taco Tuesday a bit healthier is to change up the toppings and shell. These low-fat chorizo and sweet potato tacos by Abbey’s Kitchen sub lettuce for taco shells and include nutrient-dense sweet potatoes. The chorizo gives you the tasty taco taste you love, so you won’t feel like you are missing out.

Try it: Low Fat Homemade Chorizo and Sweet Potato Tacos by Abbey’s Kitchen

Pizza

We are pretty sure pizza is a universally loved food. (Name one person who can say they hate it. We dare you.) I mean how can you not like melted cheese, tomato sauce and crust? The only downside to pizza is that it tends to not contain many vegetables, but that’s where cauliflower crust comes in. This frozen pizza not only contains protein, fiber and calcium, but there is no need to cook anything. Just pop into the oven!

Try it: Frozen Caulipower Pizza by Caulipower

Chocolate

Hummus isn’t just a savory snack to pair with carrots. There is a new hummus in town, and it is going to make your chocolate cravings a bit more nutritious! With just 80 calories and 4 grams of sugar, this chocolate hummus is perfect to pair high-fiber berries. Who knew eating fiber could taste so decadent?

Try it: Brownie Batter Hummus by Delighted by Hummus

Thai Takeout

One of our favorite takeout cuisines is Thai, but we noticed that too many dates with Pad Thai could leave us feeling not-so-great about our goals. Pad Thai tends to have a good amount of added sugar and is loaded with refined carbs. Thankfully, this low-sugar and higher-fiber recipe can be your go-to when craving takeout.

Try it: Low Sugar Pad Thai by Stacey Mattinson

Cake

This recipe has dietitians everywhere screaming, “Let them eat cake!” Cauliflower doesn’t always mean rice or pizza crust; it can also be used for smoothies or even cake! This recipe by Unconventional Baker can not only cure your sweet tooth, but it also will help you get your five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Score! Excuse us while we go ahead and try and recreate this masterpiece.

Try it: Cherry Cauliflower Nut Free Cake by Unconventional Baker

Donuts

To some, avocado toast is the perfect way to start the morning, but to others, donuts sound much more appealing. Unfortunately, donuts are just fried dough and won’t give you the energy you need to start your day — that is until we found these high-protein donuts. They contain a balanced amount of carbohydrates, fat and protein to help your blood sugar steady and make you feel full after eating just one — very different than the three you need to feel slightly full from regular donuts.

Try it: High Protein Donuts by The Dough Bar

 

As you can see, the food world is changing and proving that healthy eating can taste just as great as indulgent goodies do. With just enough creativity and Google searching, you can find any recipe or product to turn your favorite foods into a healthy part of your diet.

 

Gabriella is a registered dietitian living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently works in corporate wellness as a dietitian and overall wellness coach. She also runs a food blog called Macrobalanced, where she shows people that healthy and balanced eating can be interesting and tasty! She enjoys all things fitness from lifting heavy weights in the gym to hitting the barre. Nothing is off limits as long as sweat is involved. When she is not cooking or sweating, she is playing with her dog Maui, a lively German Shepherd. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook.