The 10 most addictive foods made healthy

By Rachel O'Regan |

I Quit Sugar – The 10 most addictive foods made healthy

Research shows that the world’s most addictive foods are… yep… exactly what you’d expect.

From pizza to soft drink, these hyper-palatable foods are often super-processed, unsatisfying and sugary (of course).

But if you crave these addictive foods, you don’t have to abstain forever. All you need to do is make the healthy version! Luckily, this is kind of our speciality…

1. Pizza.

We can see why pizza is the most addictive food. Cheese and bread together? Heaven! But while we like bread occasionally, we can’t resist making pizza healthier with a cauliflower base. That’s one way to get your veggies!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I Quit Sugar: Cauliflower Crust Pizza by Sally Obermeder

2. Chocolate.

Coming in at a close second is chocolate, with its sweet taste and melt-in-your-mouth texture. Thankfully, pure chocolate (cacao) is pretty good for you, and we’ve got plenty of delicious fructose-free recipes!

Fudgy Protein Bites

Fudgy Protein Bites

3. Potato chips.

Looking for a little crunch? Kale chips are super crispy and – trust us – taste way better than they sound. Tip: sprinkle with Parmesan and salt to make them even more, er, moreish.

Kale Chips


4. Cookies.

There’s a reason the famous Sesame Street character was called the Cookie Monster! If you also have a craving for COOKIES, these savoury-sweet PB and bacon ones do the job.

Bacon + Peanut Butter Cookies

I Quit Sugar: Bacon + Peanut Butter Cookies

5. Ice cream.

Cold and creamy, it’s no wonder we turn to Ben & Jerry’s for comfort food. Why not have some healthy popsicles, sweetened with yoghurt and fruit, next time you need a treat?

Roasted Strawberry + Yoghurt Popsicles

I Quit Sugar: Roasted Strawberry + Yoghurt Popsicle recipe

6. French fries.

What’s better than French fries? Sweet potato french fries. These vitamin-packed chips satisfy both sweet and salty cravings (plus the tahini dip is WAY better than ketchup).

Dukkah Crusted Sweet Potato Fries + Tahini Dipping Sauce

I Quit Sugar - Dukkah Roasted Sweet Potato Chips recipe by Miss Marzipan

7. Cheeseburgers.

Move out of the way, Macca’s. These Thai chicken burgers actually fill you up for hours, and have the added health benefits of fresh coriander slaw.

Thai Chicken Burgers with Coriander Slaw

I Quit Sugar - Thai Chicken Burgers with Coriander Slaw recipe.

8. Soft drink.

A single can of Coke can hide NINE teaspoons of sugar. That’s enough to put us off, but if you’re still hankering for something fizzy, try infusing sparkling water with fresh fruit and herbs.

No-Booze Blueberry Mojito

I Quit Sugar recipe: No-Booze Blueberry Mojito

9. Cake.

You CAN have your cake and eat it, too. Just make sure it’s low in sweetener and full of nutritious ingredients (ahem… macadamias).

Salted Caramel Macadamia Crunch Cake

I Quit Sugar - Salted Caramel Macadamia Crunch Cake

10. Cheese.

If you ask us, you don’t need an excuse to eat cheese. But, as cheese can have a slight drug effect (really!), we stick to a small portion and bulk it out with plenty of green veg.

Asparagus + Spinach Quiche

I Quit Sugar: Asparagus + Spinach Quiche

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