Recreate Healthy Versions of Your Favorite Junk Food

By on December 17, 2015

Ahhh…pizza and soda.

They do seem to go together well, don’t they?

Now I happen to know of plenty of other individuals who seem to be pretty attached to their soda habit. Pizza is kinda tough to omit from your life as well.

It’s tough to give up your favorite foods and beverages, regardless of your reasons for doing so.

I know I’ve struggled with the idea of going without certain foods that I happen to enjoy. And while the level of discipline required in doing so may be fine for a specific period of time, one can only go so long feeling as though they’re being punished simply because they want to be healthy.

I’ve come to realize that creativity has a big role to play when it comes to enjoying your favorite foods.

All it takes is a little imagination, an open mind, a willingness to experiment with some new ideas and then putting them into practice and voila…you’ve got a pleasant solution to a rather nagging problem.

Eating for optimal health can be a joyful experience if you know how to go about it the right way.

So on that note, the following two recipes are designed to bring a clean and healthy twist to some of our favorite “sinful” foods.

Recreate Healthy Versions of Your Favorite Junk Food

Junk Food Item #1 – Pizza

Pizza is one of my all time favorite foods, and I’m not ashamed to admit that.

I have no intention of giving it up, and you shouldn’t either if you enjoy it as much as I do.

The truth is that pizza can be both healthy and delicious if you’re willing to use clean and nutrient dense ingredients.

My healthy pizza recipe includes the following ingredients:

  1. Single serving pitas as the crust. You can also make your own cauliflower pizza crust (something I plan to try very soon).
  2. Fresh sliced tomatoes as the sauce.
  3. Onions, mushrooms, spinach and any other veggies I have available, or want to use. You can get as creative as you’d like.
  4. Fresh herbs such as basil and parsley.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Cheese (any kind will do…but if possible, it’s great to use cheese from grass fed cows or vegan cheese if desired).

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Add all of the toppings to your crust except for the cheese. Bake for approximately seven minutes and then remove from the oven and add the cheese. Continue baking for about 3 minutes or so until the cheese melts. Remove and allow to cool.

You can make each pita into a different version, or experiment with different vegetables, flavor combinations, etc. The thing to remain consistent with is to use clean, fresh ingredients and make it fun.

Enjoy.

Junk Food Item #2 – Soda

This one can be incredibly simple, or it can be made into a creative project depending on how much time and energy you feel like putting into it.

I have three easy soda recipes here…all of which I have personally tried and tested – and I happened to enjoy all of them.

  1. Homemade orange soda. Peel and juice fresh oranges using a juice extractor, or one of those inexpensive manual citrus fruit juicers. Add club soda and you’re done. Easy as that. It’s delicious, refreshing and loaded with health benefits.
  2. Homemade lemon lime soda. Add either the juice of fresh squeezed lemons and/or limes or use organic lemon/lime juice. Add club soda and either non-gmo stevia or some coconut palm sugar and you’ll have an excellent substitute for the clear, lemon-lime commercial soda you’ve been enjoying for years – expect this stuff will have cleaner ingredients.
  3. Homemade blueberry soda. This one gets a little more involved, but it was worth it. Add about a half a cup of fresh, organic blueberries to a pot with one cup of purified, non-fluoridated water, a splash of organic lemon juice and either coconut palm sugar, honey or non-gmo stevia to your preferred level of sweetness. Bring to a boil and reduce to low-medium heat for about 15 minutes. Allow to cool. Drain the liquid and mix with club soda. You can add the remaining cooked blueberries to yogurt, oatmeal or eat by themselves (as I did).

All three of these soda recipes were fantastic…and I know there are several other combinations I can, and will come up with.

But for now, try these out and see how you like them.

Where to Find Other Ideas

When it comes to finding either recipes, or inspiration, I love using Pinterest.

It’s easy to look up ideas and save them for reference later on.

I have also added a link at the bottom of this post with some additional soda recipes as well.

While I have followed certain recipes I have discovered from time to time, I usually use pins for inspiration and end up doing my own thing. Either way, I have stumbled across an abundance of cool ideas in regard to healthy living.

If you feel like taking a look at some of the ideas I have found interesting, here is my Holistic Nutrition board on Pinterest. I encourage you to discover ways to recreate your favorite dishes to keep well-being fun and enjoyable.

Do you think you’ll try any of these ideas out for yourself?

Image credit goes to Womenshealthmag.com

About Dana Gore

Author of the book A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You), Dana Gore completed the curriculum at Fitness Institute International, Inc. as an outstanding graduate in 2009.

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