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Delicious & Healthy Replacements For Your Favorite Fatty Foods

Have All The Flavor Without Any Of The Guilt!

Posted by JesseSilkoff - March 23rd, 2017

Ah, cheat meals. Those gooey, salty, greasy or sugary concoctions that give you the incentive you need to hit the weights hard Monday through Friday. In fact, studies even show that planned breaks help dieters stick to the program – so bring on the General Tso's!

The Problem With The Term ‘Cheating’

However, if you’re trying to really bulk up fast, or if you have a hard time getting back on the diet after a day of indulgence, it may be time to try something different. Likewise, depending on your relationship with food, the psychology behind “cheat days” may cause them to backfire. In fact, even what you call your cheat meals can affect their success (for the record, most nutritionists and food psychologists don’t like the term “cheat days,” since it implies that certain foods are implicitly bad). For instance, one study revealed that people get hungrier when they consume foods labeled “healthy,” no matter what’s on their plate.

If that sounds familiar, you may find your workout goes further if you ditch the concept of “cheats” completely. Instead, use one of these healthy substitutes for your favorite treats.

Indulge The Ice Cream Urge With Frozen Kefir

Never heard of kefir? Don’t worry, you will have soon! This trendy health food serves up a dose of gut-helping probiotics and it’s packed with protein, calcium, and vitamin B12, too. Made from fermented milk and kefir grains, it tastes a whole lot better than it sounds. The frozen version is tangy and rich and makes a great replacement for ice cream when you just can’t shake the desire for some Ben and Jerry’s.

Turnip Disco Fries Will Make You Forget You Ever Liked Potatoes

Greasy, starchy, salty: the holy trinity of snack food. Many have tried to come up with a suitable swap for French fries, and few have succeeded, but boy, do these turnip disco fries make a good effort. Covered in fat-free cheese and chicken gravy, they’ll definitely sate your snacking cravings – at least for a little while!

Mini Portobello Pizzas Have All the Flavor Without The Carbs

Most households practically run on pizza – and that can make it hard to switch off your appetite for some cheese-covered goodness when you start dieting. But all those carbs will totally crush your dreams of rock-hard, swimsuit-ready abs if you’re not careful. Luckily, all your favorite toppings are just as tasty pressed into a portobello mushroom. Brush them with a little olive oil and throw in the oven for 15 minutes – it’s not delivery, it’s portobello!

Crush Your Candy Cravings With This Satisfying DIY Peanut Butter Cup

What if Reece’s made protein shakes? The result would probably be something like this little number, which let you get your chocolate-peanut butter fix without wrecking a week’s work. With only 92 calories and 3 grams of protein per cup – plus plenty of antioxidant-filled dark chocolate – cheat day can be every night.

A Healthy Alternative To Chicken Wings? Yes, Please!

Here’s the skinny – or should we say, the fat – on chicken wings. While chicken can be a great source of protein when you do it right, a serving of six wings has about 500 calories, and over 32 grams of fat! Definitely not great for your midsection! Instead, try out these cauliflower bites, which have a satisfying crunch and all the tanginess of buffalo sauce. Add this low-fat blue cheese dressing for a snack that rivals even the most extravagant game day fare. Sayonara, cheat day!


Just because you want to live a healthy lifestyle and eat healthy food, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy what you are eating. These recipes will leave you wanting more, and you won’t have to worry about blowing your macros for the day! Now you won’t have any excuses not to stay on track with your diet!

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Jesse Silkoff is an avid runner and tennis player. He currently resides in Austin, TX where he works as the President and Co-Founder of FitnessTrainer, the leading online marketplace to find a local personal trainer that can help you achieve your health and wellness goals!

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