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Food and Drink

Healthier alternatives to your favorite comfort foods

More and more people are watching what they eat and trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle. We learn more every day, about what is in our food and what is bad for us. Still, it can be difficult to skip the fast food after your night out or to replace your favorite comfort food with greens when you are sad. Luckily, there are some healthy ways to still enjoy your favorite comfort food without being stuck with salads and grilled veggies. Let us enlighten you!

Try healthy (potato) chips

You know how it goes: you spend the evening on the couch, watching a movie with your roommate, sibling, mom, partner, etc. And then someone puts an open bag of chips on the table. Resisting the urge to grab a handful is difficult, so how can you fix this the healthy way? The easiest way is to choose a bag of chips with the least amount of fat, sugars and calories. You can also try veggie chips, like beetroots, carrots or zucchini. But it can be a lot of fun to make your own chips! Slice some potatoes or veggies, pat them dry and drizzle a little bit of salt over them. You can also use other herbs to add more flavor. Then, you can place them in the oven until they are dry and crispy. Easy!

Pizza, but different

Healthy pizza, count me in! More and more pizza base suppliers, like Monte Pizza Crust, supply ready-made healthy pizza bases made of cauliflower. You can just find them in the supermarket! These pizzas are made with cauliflower, instead of flour and water. Besides being much healthier, it is even better for people who are allergic or prone to gluten.

Sweet potato fries

Everyone wants to enjoy some tasty fries every now and then, but they are usually not that healthy. Fortunately, you can also enjoy healthier fries. The first tip we can give you is to bake your fries in the oven, instead of frying them. You can also use an airfryer, instead of the normal deep dryer. Because you don’t use oil in your oven or airfryer, you can reduce the calories and fat, without tasting much difference. You can also try sweet potato fries. Just cut the sweet potato into small strips and bake them in the oven or airfryer with some paprika powder.

A healthy hot dog

The American specialty has also become very well known in the Netherlands. You can buy them today from street vendors with onions, ketchup and mustard. Yet, there are healthier versions of these hot dogs. For example, the simplest tip we can give you is to make the meat of the sausage yourself or to choose a lean sausage. You can replace the bread with a whole-wheat bread, for example, and you can put sauerkraut in the bun to finish it.