4 Food Substitutes You’re Sure to Love!

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By Charlie DeWitts

When it comes to healthy eating, it’s more of a chore than something any of us would like to do. Of course, no one is denying that it would be a better decision to live healthier. Living in first world nations however, can make it especially difficult to keep up on a diet long enough to make any meaningful changes. What even constitutes as good or bad food these days? After all, it is possible to eat too many fruits and vegetables, in such a way that it’s actually unhealthy.

That’s why today we’ve got some food advice and ideas for substitutes. Nutrition is important, but it’s also important to know the facts, as there is a lot of misinformation in the food market these days. For instance, many people think that organic food is healthier. What’s interesting is that organic farming is controlled by the Agricultural Marketing Service. So, with that in mind, we’ll just be focusing on good ways to eat healthier without you really noticing.


#1) Go Sans Toppings

Look, I know that when you think you’re eating food like McDonalds you probably think you’re eating unhealthy. So, when you go there you tend to splurge. Well, that’s the wrong idea. Fast food is actually healthy for you. If you know what you’re doing. A burger contains everything you need for a good meal, and if you look at the what you’re actually eating (meat, vegetables, bread and dairy), that’s actually a well-balanced meal.

After all, why would the vegetables, meat and bread be any different between fast food and grocery markets? They generally get their food from the exact same places as super markets. What’s actually bad for you are things like ranch, ketchup, french fries and soda. Toppings are essentially extra calories you don’t need. Same goes with fries, as deep frying adds unnecessary fat and calories. Is there any reason to bring up soda? I think we all know why it’s not the best for you.

The point is, you can substitute whatever diet you’re on with fast food. You just have to know what you’re doing. Plus, if you’re avoiding fries and soda, you can have that burger your way.

#2) Always Drink Water

Sure, milk is good for you (in moderation), and there are plenty of healthy drink choices and smoothies out there. Avoid them. If you’re really trying to watch your figure, you want to mostly just drink water. It’s what your body actually wants and needs, and you don’t need to worry about calories. Unless you have a penchant for those snake-oil health beverages, just drink water!

#3) Substitute Ingredients in Your Cooking

If you’re a decent man who cooks for himself, you probably want advice on what you could do to improve your food with just ingredients. As it turns out, you don’t always have to follow the recipe on the box. For example, you could replace regular flour with black beans or whole wheat flour. Even if you’re making brownies, you won’t notice a difference in taste. When it comes to cooking, there are many calories you can avoid just by being cognizant of what you’re putting into your meal.

You can use unsweetened applesauce instead of sugar, oil or butter. It acts as a suitable, low-calorie replacement for all three. This site has a whole list of alternative ideas that you can use for your cooking needs. Although, I must add an addendum to state that a few of those replacements are intended to replace gluten, which, unless you have celiac disease, you do not need to worry about. Go ahead, eat gluten, and laugh and the majority of those who don’t (less that one percent of the population has celiac disease).

#4) Snackage

Well, the trick is not to snack. If you must though, do it in low quantities and try to save it for special occasions. There is nothing wrong with dining on a Twinkie during your day, as long as you’re mindful of your caloric count. When people say things like Hershey’s are bad for you, they’re being mislead. It’s only when you go past what your body needs for energy that a food item can become bad for you. But that goes with anything, even fruit. Thus, today we learn an important lesson about food. Moderation is key!

You don’t really have to watch what you’re eating, just be mindful of those calories. Of course, anything with less fat is going to to be better for you overall, but you don’t need a diet book or special farming techniques to enhance your nutritional content. You just have to eat. The best way to stick to a diet is only by eating food you like. So keep that in mind!


  1. PAPolka says:

    The very suggestion that fast food can be healthy by skipping “toppings” is insane. By now, I thought everyone would have seen the pink slime report showing that what goes into those burgers is actually a meat “foam.” McDonald’s and Twinkies does nothing for getting people away from processed foods.

  2. Aaren says:

    Great article. I never realized that there are so many different healthy substitutions for things. I really like the ending where it says that the best way to stick to a diet is to eat what you like. This makes so much sense, we just need to learn portion control.

  3. LostAble says:

    When I eat at McDonalds I will buy a chicken wrap and it’s usually roasted chicken not crispy chicken. I rarely eat McDonalds or any other fast foods. I much rather make something at home.

  4. RobBob says:

    Fast foods like McDonalds usually offer low calorie meals, like salad with chicken. I like home made meals much more than fast food but do occasionally buy McDonalds. I don’t usually eat their hamburgers because to me they taste like paper

  5. CraterP says:

    I agree water is probably better than half the junk out there. My favorite is roasted chicken with potatoes, carrots and broccoli. We eat out less often now, mostly because it’s an expense we rather not spend money on.

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