Health Hacks: Fitness-Friendly Food Alternatives


YES, YOU CAN STILL EAT YOUR BACON
NOV 17, 2015 | by Cessi Treñas, Art by Alexandra Lara fitness tuesdays - megastyle - megastyleph - opener Health shouldn’t have to equate to skipped meals and crash diets, especially not with all the social media-famous fitness gurus telling us otherwise. The upshot of smart choices, physical well-being can be attained with unflinching effort, sufficient exercise, and the right nourishment. Perfectly aware of how gruelling it can be to maintain a balanced diet, we bring you a list of health hacks to help you choose smarter alternatives to the unhealthy grub we’re guilty of guzzling.
POACHED EGGS OVER SUNNY SIDE-UP EGGS
fitness tuesdays - megastyle - megastyleph - main Egg-poaching is an art well worth mastering. Unlike fried and scrambled eggs, poaching requires no oil, no butter, and no additional calories. Most commonly served atop Eggs Benedict, poached eggs also make for great accompaniment to whole wheat toast.
MUESLI OVER SUGARY CEREAL
Save the Froot Loops and Honey Stars for your weekend cheat days. Commit to healthier weekday breakfasts with a bowl of fiber-rich muesli and soy milk. Satisfy your sweet tooth by adding sliced bananas and berries to the mix.
CANADIAN BACON OVER AMERICAN BACON
Believe it or not, healthy lifestyles and bacon can coexist. Made from pork loin instead of pork belly, Canadian bacon makes for a leaner substitute to the streaky American favorite. Serving less the calorie content of regular bacon, this alternative still packs a savory punch.
GREEN TEA OVER COFFEE
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Give your Starbucks card a break and trade in your usual morning coffee for a cup of hot green tea. Armed with antioxidants and a proven ability to speed up the metabolism, green tea delivers a fair kick of caffeine without the 150-peso price tag.
HOMEMADE SALAD DRESSING OVER BOTTLED DRESSING
Let’s set the record straight: Thousand Island dressing is not healthy, and generous amounts of the stuff can render your salad-eating efforts useless. Replace your stash of bottled salad dressing with a homemade vinaigrette of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and honey to lend a light tang to your leafy greens.
 GRILLED CHICKEN OVER FRIED CHICKEN
The holy grail of lean muscle-building, skinless grilled chicken breast boasts of a low calorie content and high levels of protein. Put on your chef’s toque and whip up a spice rub or zesty rosemary marinade for an extra flavor punch.
OIL AND TOMATO BASES OVER CREAM BASES
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Not one for whole wheat pasta? Compromise your sauce instead of your noodles. Sauces made of fresh tomatoes or olive oil are lighter alternatives to cream-heavy carbonara and alfredo dishes.
GREEK YOGURT OVER ICE CREAM
Surprisingly versatile despite its tart flavor, Greek yogurt is the quintessential cold treat for health-conscious folk. Easily paired with granola, honey, and even chocolate chips, this all-around ingredient can take your diet-friendly dishes from day to night.
REAL FRUIT OVER FRUIT JUICE
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They say no sequel is ever as good as the original. In the world of food and fitness, juice is the saccharine sequel to a healthy dose of fruit. Steer clear of sugary drinks and nourish yourself with the real thing instead.
WATER OVER ALL ELSE
Deservedly known as the universal solvent, water is teeming with wide-ranging benefits. Armed with skincare, haircare, and digestive advantages, drinking a minimum of seven glasses of water a day is the first step to a healthy lifestyle.



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