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Healthy Replacements for Your Favorite Unhealthy Meals

Healthy Replacements for Your Favorite Unhealthy Meals

Giving up French fries seems impossible—until you try these healthy replacements.

Movies about food are as common as indigestion after a greasy meal. Some, like Cloudy With a Chance Of Meatballs, make it clear that when unhealthy food choices rain down on you, it’s time to take action to save the planet. Others, like Babette’s Feast, are revelries on flavor. They both get it right. You can experience the joys of great flavor—and avoid the health risks that come from being pelted with unhealthy foods.

How? The recent Twitter backlash over Harvard professor Eric Rimm’s suggestion that a serving of French fries be limited to six sticks shows that simply reducing your intake of unhealthy food isn’t the solution. (A sample tweet: “What kind of MAD MAN would want six French fries? I get it, they are bad for you, but eating SIX sounds like torture. I’d rather not have them at all…”) Clearly, the solution is to opt for substitutes that taste as good as or better than the original—and protect your health.

In Dr. Mike’s new book, What to Eat When (check out his website WhenWay.com), there are mouth-watering food substitutions. Here are a couple you’ll love at first bite:

  • Bye-bye fries. Try baked potato skins! You’ll dodge loads of carbs-to-sugar and inflammatory fats. Top toasted skins with olive oil, pressed garlic, ground pepper. Have by the handful.
  • Bye-bye delivery pizza. “Hello pizza with pizzazz!” Control fats, sugars, salt and carbs by making pizza with 100 percent whole grain crust, olive oil, marinara, loads of veggies and with low-fat or skim mozzarella.
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