How To Make Your Favorite Foods Better For You

How To Make Your Favorite Foods Better For You

A list of must-haves in your kitchen and new recipes for satisfying cravings better

Healthy eating is important and the more I’ve tried to cook healthy meals, I feel better. It’s not always easy because cravings happen. As a vegetarian, I miss some meals, and just as a normal person I sometimes feel like cheating on my healthy diet. So after lots of research, here is a list of ideas to replace old favorites with healthier options that take just as great. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, even snacks and deserts are covered in this article, so keep reading and all of my favorite brands are pictured.

Swap milk and cereal for almond milk and granola.

If your go-to breakfast is usually a bowl of processed, sugary cereal then granola is a better replacement. Also, switch the milk that has growth hormones for a plant-based option, like almond milk.

Beef burgers to veggie black bean burgers

Hamburger meat has a lot of fat in it, it’s pretty obvious that burgers aren't healthy. But if you try a veggie burger made from black beans, the texture and color will feel so similar you might not mind or even realize the difference.

Peanut butter- the less ingredients the better

Peanut butter is my weakness, and its good for you (its full of protein), but most brands contain a lot of oils and preservatives that are gross. Look at the ingredients list and the less weird names it has the better. (The one pictured is my favorite because it only has ONE ingredient: peanuts!)

Ice cream to Halo Top.

Having a sweet tooth combined with a love of late-night snacking can be a bad duo, but not when you find a low cal and low fat ice cream, like Halo Top!

Hot wings: baked buffalo cauliflower bites.

As a vegetarian, I miss hot wings. Or should I say missed, until I found this recipe. They are so good and easy, who needs chicken when cauliflower buffalo bites is a thing?

Mozzarella sticks/anything fried to baked zucchini fries.

We all love cheating on diets and stuffing our face with appetizers from time to time, but you can recreate greasy fried snacks by replacing cheese with zucchini and baking it in the oven. Yum!

Sweet potato fries alexia waffle fries.

Skip the drive through and buy frozen sweet potato fries. They take virtually no time and they go great with those veggie burgers I mentioned.

chips- kettle cooked chips

Snacking on chips goes hand in hand with watching Netflix, so choose kettle cooked chips because they are less saturated in fat than regular chips.

pasta - quinoa

There’s no comparison as good as pasta, I’ll admit it, but once in a while cook yourself quinoa instead of pasta. You’ll be trading in lots of carbs for protein and vitamins.

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Grape Prices Are Making Me W(h)ine, And You Should Too

The problem runs deeper than you think.


I stared at the Safeway cashier with my bloodshot eyes, and then back at the one pound bag of conventional red seedless grapes on the conveyor belt. My eyes darted to the screen, where to my surprise, the item was correctly scanned. Dreary from a long night of studying, I shoved my card into the chip reader, and left in a state of confusion with an exorbitant bag of Chilean grapes in my hand.

My impulsive, after-midnight snack choice soon became the opener for every conversation I had. My friends and family were also in disbelief, thinking that grapes should only cost about four to six dollars per pound. My curiosity got the best of me, and between study breaks, I searched for reasons on why my grapes were so expensive.

Chile is one of America’s top suppliers for agricultural products, and the highest import category includes grapes. Part of the Patagonia region, southern Chile’s coast is surrounded by the largest number of glaciers in South America. Chile relies on freshwater reserves from glaciers for agriculture since they have a dry climate that receives low precipitation.

However, climate change has caused glaciers to melt at astonishing rates, and Chile is suffering the effects. The issue’s severity was apparent after a 1,148 foot-by-1,247-foot chunk of Grey Glacier in Torres del Paine National Park broke off in November 2017.

Chilean farmers are struggling to supply enough water for their crops, especially grapes. The crop can survive with minimal watering but consequently won’t produce much fruit, which could explain the 8% decrease in Chilean companies exporting grapes in 2017. With fewer grapes, the law of supply and demand will result in an increase in price so long as demand remains constant.

Grape scarcity added to shipping and distribution costs inevitably makes Chilean grapes more expensive. Add that to the markup supermarkets place on their products, and you get an obnoxiously priced pound of table grapes.

I’ve always been aware of climate change, but if this hypothesis is true, then the effects extend beyond the environment. The economic and societal impacts have already taken place, and it’s only a matter of time before these changes are too obvious to ignore.

We as consumers should be concerned for the reasons behind this spike, and critically think about the factors that influence how our produce is made, shipped, and priced. Expensive conventional fruit should elicit more than an evanescent surprise, which is why this is a topic worth discussing.

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