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By Carina Sohaili, HoneyColony

Love ice cream, pasta and french fries but realize it doesn’t serve your health or waistline? Transform your favorite foods into healthy meals!

3 Ways to Turn Fave Foods into Healthy Meals

Craving Ice Cream?

Instead, go for a blended frozen banana with Stevia (an all-natural sweetener that does not spike your blood sugar levels). Bananas are one of my favorite de-bloating foods due to their potassium content. Potassium flushes the body of excessive toxins and waste, which is ideal for swimsuit season. Bananas are also loaded with fiber, which will keep you fuller longer, and they contain a variety of B vitamins. B vitamins are great for stress relief and energy levels. Bananas also help stimulate the production of serotonin, your brain’s feel-good hormone, and they improve the body’s ability to absorb calcium — which is great for bone health.

Check out my video tutorial on how to make this healthy soft serve ice cream alternative:

 (I have included techniques on how to create different flavors based on your mood.)

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Craving Pasta?

Make healthy meals from summer squash pasta instead! Simply use a vegetable grater or spiralizer to create noodles from zucchini or yellow squash. healthy meals

Check out my simple video tutorial on one of the many healthy meals you can make by substituting these alternatives in for pasta:

Why am I a huge fan of zucchini? Zucchini is loaded with vitamins C and A, two of my favorite skin-clearing vitamins. Vitamin A is great for removing dark circles and bags under your eyes. Vitamin C is fantastic for fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also a great source of potassium (one of my favorite flat-belly minerals). healthy meals

This energizing, healthful carbohydrate will help curb unhealthy cravings and simply make you glow. Top off such healthy meals with simple, stress-reducing avocado sauces; mix three tablespoons of avocado with some freshly squeezed lemon and voila! (Lemon, by the way, is a great rel=”nofollow”>summer detox food, due to the balancing effect it has on the body.) Also, avocado is a great source of potassium (it has more potassium than a banana) and vitamin E. Vitamin E does wonders for fine lines and those pesky crow’s feet around your eyes.

Craving French Fries?

Instead of classic french fries, make your healthy meals tastier with jicama french fries. Jicama is a root vegetable from a Mexican vining plant and is a fantastic, skin-clearing, healthy carbohydrate. Jicama is also a great source of magnesium. Magnesium has a calming effect on the body, helps increase energy levels, and is great for your skin; it does so by slowing down the aging process and giving your skin an overall smoother tone. healthy meals

Jicama also has plant protein, which helps stabilize blood-sugar levels and reduce cravings – meaning you’ll feel full longer and have lasting energy after eating it as part of one of your new healthy meals. Classic french fries are loaded with simple sugars, which will make you hungrier 20 minutes later, as well as make you crave more processed junk foods. That’s why it’s so hard to have only a couple french fries. Simply peel a jicama, slice it up, and bake in the oven with a dash of cooking spray and herbs of your choice for 20 minutes, and that’s it: Good bye, fast-food cravings.

Check out my simple video tutorial on how to make them here:

Carina Sohaili, received her training from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Carina also serves as a featured health expert, published writer, on-camera health host, spokesperson and nutrition consultant. Carina also is a monthly Mindful Munch health columnist, on-camera health host and brand ambassador for E! News host Giuliana Rancic’s award winning website. With her ability to combine her psychology and nutrition expertise, it gives her the extra advantage to help her clients reach their health goals. Find her on Facebook, Twitter,  and YouTube for health tips, easy recipes and simple secrets to start glowing. Stop by her website .

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