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