Hello healthier you!

Martha Hegley ‘16
EE Senior Lifestyle Editor

As 2015 rolls in, many people pick their New Year’s resolution. One of the most common resolutions out there is to eat healthier, yet usually you end up trying it for a week and then resorting back to your potato chips and chocolate candy bars. Why does this happen?

It is because we all want to eat healthier, but can’t part with our favorite junk foods. Starting this year you won’t have to anymore. There are so many wonderful alternatives to your favorite unhealthy foods that you can stick to your goal without missing your favorite snacks.

Instead of potato chips try making homemade tortilla/pita chips. Instead of mindlessly consuming a bag of unhealthy potato chips from the store, you can make your own. These chips are baked, not fried, which is already a step in the healthier direction. Plus, since you make them yourself, you can manage the amount of salt that goes on your chips. Some people see homemade recipes and become intimidated. Whether it is the amount of ingredients or the amount of time it takes, people seem to shy away from it. Worry no more, for these chips only have one ingredient and take practically no time at all.

1)Buy your favorite tortilla or pita brand from the store and cut them up into triangles. Some have whole grain or are healthier than others depending on your preference.

2)Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and sprinkle a pinch of salt on them.

3)Then all you have to do is cook them for 10-15 min, flipping them over halfway through and then you are done.

It is that simple.

And to make it even better include some popular dipping sides that are both healthy and tasty, such as hummus, guacamole, or salsa. These three sides are a healthier alternative to a store bought dip that is full of calories, and you won’t lose any flavor.
Another way you can eliminate that craving is trail mix. This is a go-to snack that encompasses all different kinds of foods into one, giving you a variety of delicious snacks that will also help you to be healthier in the upcoming year.

One of the best things about trail mix is that you can make it however you like. This is also a wonderful snack to travel with, instantly crushing your craving for junk foods. These ingredients below will tell you how to get the ultimate healthy trail mix.

Nuts: Nuts are a nutritious substitute that have “been linked to lower cholesterol, better heart health, weight control, and even lower cancer risk” according to www.everydayhealth.com. As the base of your trail mix, this delicious alternative to chips holds many benefits. Walnuts, cashews, almonds, and pecans are just a few of the various kinds of this healthy, tasty snack.

Dried fruit: Whether it is blueberries, cranberries, cherries, adding fruit to your trail mix tastes amazing and it is good for your health as well. This is an easy way to incorporate more fruit into your diet without it feeling like work.

Grains: Grains will help you to get through the day with energy and fill your need to consume junk food carelessly. Some popular grains that satisfy both hunger and health include granola, pretzels, and even popcorn (unbuttered, of course).

Sweets: Of course, everyone’s favorite part of their trail mix are the sweet treats. These don’t have to be something to make you feel as though you are gaining pounds by the day, for there are, in fact, healthy alternatives for sweets. Peanut butter chips are becoming more popular in trail mix, and will satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising your health. Also, adding dark chocolate is much better for you than milk chocolate, which will help keep you at your goal.

This new year, you can achieve a healthier you without compromising your favorite salty snack.

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