Here are eight “cheat day” foods you should definitely indulge in — because they’re actually not that bad for you:
Bananas sometimes get a bad reputation because they’re high in carbs and calories compared to other fruits. Yet they have a low glycemic index. And they are low in fat and sodium. They’re also packed with potassium, vitamin A, and fiber. Try to eat one banana every day or every other day.
Though peanut butter is high in fat, it’s actually healthy fat. Plus, peanut butter is high in protein as well as a wide assortment of essential vitamins and minerals. Research has shown that those who eat peanut butter every single day have healthier diets overall than those who don’t.
Most people save beer for their cheat days, because it’s a carb powerhouse. But at the same time, beer has no fat, cholesterol, or nitrates, and it is jam-packed with such vitamins and minerals as magnesium, iron, calcium, and B vitamins. Beer consumed in moderation can even lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. Feel free, then, to consume one or two beers a day without guilt.
If you’re on a low-carb diet, then bread is definitely a part of your cheat day diet plan. But you should actually be consuming bread in moderation on a daily basis, since it is incredibly nutritious. One hundred percent whole grain bread is an ideal food, because it is rich in fiber and protein.
Potatoes are definitely on people’s cheat day lists, but they should really be a part of your daily diet plan. Potatoes (excluding French fries), are one of the most nutritious foods around. They’re loaded with potassium, fiber, vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium. But be sure to bake and roast potatoes rather than boil them. This preserves the nutrients.
Many outdated diets warn against consuming too many egg yolks. But they’re actually a nutrition powerhouse. Egg yolks are high in choline, an anti-inflammatory nutrient that’s crucial for neurological function. They’re also rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, which are two vitamins that protect against vision loss.
Despite what health fanatics might say, milk alternatives such as rice, almond, coconut, oat, and hemp are no replacement for cow’s milk. Compared to vegan milks, cow’s milk has 8 grams of high-quality protein per cup, and it also provides a substantial amount of vitamin D and calcium, which can be difficult to find in other foods.
Though most health nuts suggest saving beef for your cheat days, there’s no need to cut it from your diet completely. Why? Because beef is packed with protein as well as such vitamins as vitamin B12, iron, zinc, and selenium. So feel free to indulge a few times a week, as long as you trim off the visible fat.
We all know that most diet plans build in cheat days. But honestly, you should never deny yourself anything as long as you eat it in moderation.
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