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Don’t Eat This, Eat That: A Guide to Alternative Foods

Don’t Eat This, Eat That: A Guide to Alternative Foods
  • On July 4, 2012
By Erica Palumbo

A few years ago, author David Zinczenko came out with a simple book that would go on to change the way people thought about fast food and about the amount of power they truly had when it came to choosing their diets. Zinczenko’s “Eat This, Not That!” provides countless food swaps that can help people keep their bodies healthy and their weight in check.

We created a Pink and Black version of “don’t eat this, eat that!” to provide you with a few healthier alternatives to our most favorite fatty foods and drinks.

Don’t eat this: Big Mac — It’s pretty clear why people should stay far away from this behemoth. Measuring in at a whopping 576 calories per sandwich, this health hazard has 740 mg of sodium and over half a day’s worth of saturated fat.

Eat that: Turkey burger — Turkey is a much leaner meat alternative to the fatty beef that is processed to make McDonald’s most infamous burger. Try adding cracked black peppercorn to the meat before throwing it onto the pan. Top it off with a crisp lettuce leaf, fresh tomato, onions and chipotle mayo.

Don’t eat this: Deep-fried potato chips — most packaged potato chips are overloaded with grams and grams of sodium and drenched in harmful hydrogenated oils.

Eat that:! Popchips — this fairly new brand of tasty chips are a power snack not only because of their simple ingredients, but also because of the way they’re made. Popchips, as the name implies, are made by adding a little heat and pressure to potatoes to make them expand and pop.

Don’t drink this: Starbucks Caramel Frappucino

Drink that: Create your very own “faux frappucino:” Here’s a great, simple recipe for creating “healthy” frappucinos at home with less than half the calories of Starbucks’ frightening creation.

Don’t eat this: Rainbow Sherbert — Not only are most sherbets made with artificial colors and flavors, which are known carcinogens, but they are also blended with heavy cream and refined sugars.

Eat that: Ben and Jerry’s Greek Frozen Yogurt — The company’s wildly successful creation has hit the shelves and freezers of ice cream aficionados and healthy-dessert seekers alike. The frozen yogurt tastes almost exactly like regular ice cream, with practically half the calories.

Don’t eat/drink these: Artificial fruit snacks like Gushers or Fruit Roll-ups and sugary juice drinks.

Eat this: Fresh Fruit — There is absolutely nothing that compares to the health value of fresh, organic fruits. Apples, grapefruit, pears and berries are all incredible fruits that are lower in sugar and are packed with thousands of essential nutrients to keep you active and focused as you go throughout your day.

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