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Real-Food Solutions To Your Favorite Junk-Food Addictions

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After years of downing M&M’s and low-quality movie-theater popcorn, I eventually started to bring my own homemade sweet potato fries, 90% dark chocolate and other incredibly superior foods with me to the theater. The movie-going experience didn’t suffer one iota, and neither did my health.

With movie night taken care, I began to think – if I were indulging in healthy, real-food comfort foods, I could probably get away with eating more of the stuff. With this in mind, I asked around, poked around and messed around in the kitchen. And now, I can offer to you these healthy real-food solutions to your favorite junk food addictions.

 

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Junk Food: Pizza

Mmmm. Pizza. Just saying the word brings a plethora of images to the brain’s pleasure center.

But for the dairy and gluten intolerant or those just wanting to drop a few pounds, pizza is anything but a great meal. It’s loaded with the wrong fat and preservatives.

When ordering out, ask for a gluten-free crust and olive oil base with loads of veggies. Eating vegetables is linked to a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, cancer, cataracts, strokes, and some age-related conditions.9

That’s the best you can expect when eating at a restaurant. But if you want to have truly guilt-free pizza, you’ll love our easy recipe.

Gluten Free Caprese PizzaPHOTO: ANASTASIAKOPA/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

Solution: Grain-Free Pizza

You can make a delicious grain-free pizza crust at home. And for you meat lovers out there, you can even make a pizza “crust” from ground grass-fed beef or bison. Really.

Just spread the ground meat on the bottom of a pan and cook until done, then add all the yummy vegetables to the top and cook until done.

Be innovative—basil, spinach, and cashews are all great on pizza. If you must have cheese, consider a raw or organic full-fat minimally processed cheese.

For the full recipe, click here.

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