Americans just love junk food. Especially, when they are free, happy, stressed out, partying, or just bored, so basically, all the time.

But as much as we want to devour a juicy hamburger or munch on those barbecue fries, they are never a healthy option. The calories and high trans-fat in junk food, however, make it a big reason for weight gain, not to mention there could be other health issues too. So, what should you do with your junk food cravings? You certainly can’t!

So, here’s something we can help you with, we can help you switch to a healthier version of your favorite junk food. This way, you can have flavors and tantalize your taste buds without compromising your health.

Burgers: Cheeseburgers are everyone’s favorite. But that fried patty with sauces and mayo high in sodium, cheese slice, and burger bun made with refined flour, are all bound to add pounds to your body over time.

So first of all, replace that bun with a whole grain bun. Next, air fry your homemade patty, add veggies like lettuce, tomato, onion, and capsicum, and there you have it, your healthier burger. Yes, we know we excluded that cheese slice, you can add some goat or feta cheese in the mix but trust us, you can also grow on to like a burger without cheese too if you are going to make it at home.

Pizza: Anytime is pizza time, isn’t that true? But eating pizza on a regular basis adds more to your weight than you can imagine.

So here’s what you can do. Replace that refined flour crust with whole grain crust, and keep it thin. Add grilled chicken/fish/beef, lots of veggies, herbs, and olive oil, and bake it in the oven. Once you take it out, you can grate some parmesan on top to settle your cravings for cheese without overloading.

Fries: You’d barely find anyone who doesn’t love fries. But fries that you get from restaurants are fried in oil that’s been used over and over again. Moreover, the high sodium content in the salt and flavors make them even unhealthier. So, there are two things that you can do.

Make your fries at home, cut them with the skin on, put them in a baking tray, sprinkle some olive oil, and some herbs, and bake them. You can also make them in an air fryer and enjoy the crunch.

Remember, getting a small pack of fries from your favorite food chain, once in a while, won’t be as bad. But don’t make it a habit. Only consider it a treat for special occasions.

Pasta: Pasta has become a staple junk food for Americans. But refined flour pasta is high in carbs and low in fiber, so if you can switch to zucchini noodles, that’s great, if not, at least, switch to whole wheat or lentil pasta. Add chicken, veggies, shrimp, whatever you like, but make sure your plate has less pasta and more toppings. To make things interesting, you can add a side salad with tomatoes, cucumber, corn, and olives. Not only will that enhance the flavors, but you’ll also feel full quicker.

You can also switch unhealthy ingredients with healthy ones in tacos, burritos, drinks, smoothies, and so on. We just gave you some wonderful ideas.

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