Everyone loves to eat fast food every once in a while. We just can't help it. Even if it's not that good, we convince ourselves it is. It's quick, easy, and we can feel naughty eating something that's bad for us. But what if we can have all the goodness of a fast food meal, without all the fat, salt and sugar? If you cook your own meal at home, you can make something that's not only as good as fast food, but even better. When you cook for yourself, you can see exactly what's going to go into your meal. That makes it easier to count calories and get rid of any unwanted and unnecessary fatty additions to your food. You can make all your fast food favorites, from pizza to tacos.
Healthy tacos are pretty easy, and the main thing to worry about is the meat you use and the salt and sugar content of the taco shells and sauce. Use a leaner and better quality beef, and you'll have meat that's much more healthy than you would ever find in a Taco Bell. Or if you want to avoid red meat, you could use chicken or turkey mince. To make sure you have healthy taco shells, you can make them yourself. Cook them in the oven, instead of deep frying them, or use a low-fat fryer. But if that's too much of a hassle, look for healthier store-bought ones. Instead of filling your taco with too much cheese and meat, focus on beans and salad.
One of the parts of a burger that makes it so unhealthy in a fast food restaurant is the bun. They contain lots of sugar and preservatives, so you can make your burger tonnes healthier at home by making your own buns. You can also buy some fresh rolls from a bakery - if they only last a day, you know they aren't packed full of preservatives. Apart from buns, cheese and sauce also play a big role in the healthiness of your burger. Try to limit both, or use healthier options. When it comes to your burger, you can make them from scratch too, using ground meat or minced meat. Beef, turkey, chicken, pork or lamb are all good. It depends on the fat content of the meat you use and what you use to bind it. Don't forget the veggies!
Making your own pizza is really simple and hardly takes any time at all. You can start to make it healthier with the base. Make a whole wheat base, use puff pastry, create a pitta base. The possibilities are endless, and you can keep it healthy as long as you watch the ingredients you use. But can homemade alternatives ever be as delicious as restaurants such as Pizza Hut’s sauces and cheeses?
Make your own sauce so you know it isn't full of sugar and salt. Mix it up a bit too, using pesto, ricotta, garlic sauce and more, instead of just tomatoes. You can also use healthier cheeses, such as goat's cheese. Then just add some healthy toppings, focusing on vegetables and greens, instead of meat.
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