Jessica Anna | 8.29.16
When I became an NFL cheerleader my eating habits became a crucial part of my job. It determines the way I look, feel and perform on the field. This goes for everyday life as well. What you put into your body truly makes a difference in how you live your life. A few years back when I was focusing on my health and fitness, I started to pay close attention to what I was consuming and came up with a concept called “This not That.” Crash diets and completely cutting foods out of our diets is an unrealistic way of living. We all have those cravings that make it hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I always say there is a healthy alternative to everything! We no longer need to deprive ourselves of foods we love, like pasta, pizza and desserts. In this blog post I’ll be sharing some of my favorite healthy alternatives that satisfy my cravings without making me feel guilty!
- Replace regular spaghetti with spaghetti squash
- Replace potato chips with baked kale chips.
- Lay out fresh kale on a baking pan, season with with olive oil, salt and pepper, and bake for 10 minutes on 350 degrees.
- Instead of fried chicken, make baked “Special K” chicken cutlets.
- Dip chicken in egg whites, then wheat flour, then egg whites again, and cover it with crushed Special K. Bake for 28 minutes on 350 degreees for a crispy alternative to fried chicken.
- Instead of mashed potato, make mashed cauliflower.
- Take a head of caulifower and break into smaller pieces. Boil in a pot for 12-15 minutes or until tender. Drain the pot and dry the cauliflower. Move to a mixing bowl and add milk, butter, sour cream garlic, salt and pepper. Mash all ingredients until you form a “mashed potatoe” consistency.
- Instead of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, make natural peanut butter balls.
- Roll natural peanut butter into a ball, coat with dark chocolate and freeze for 20 minutes. You can even add protein for an extra boost of nutrition!
- Replace regular pizza dough with cauliflower pizza crust.
- Place cauliflower in a food processor and break it down into shaved pieces. Add mozzarella and 1 egg to the cauliflower and lay flat on a baking sheet. Bake in the over for 20 minutes on 400 degrees. Add tomato sauce, cheese and your favorite pizza toppings and bake for an extra 10 minutes.
- Instead of regular pancakes, make oatmeal protein pancakes.
- Mix rolled oats, protein powder, vanilla extract and 1 egg together in a bowl. Pour a serving of your choice on to a pan. Keep the stove on medium-low heat and flip until it’s golden-brown.
- Replace regular lasagna with zucchini.
- Replace the lasagna pasta with thin slices of zucchini. Layer with ground turkey and low-fat cheese. Bake for 40-50 minutes on 375 degrees.