Daily Challenge Monday Jan. 23, 2012

Everyday Well-Being

Find a healthy alternative to a food you crave.

How to do it

Most people have a food they crave that isn't healthy. Whether yours is sweet, salty, smooth, or crunchy, it's likely that there is a more healthful alternative. For example, try a similar texture to satisfy your craving. Crunchy vegetables let you chomp away, but they don't contain the salt content that potato chips typically pack. Seeking something sweet? Enjoy the natural sugar in a piece of fruit, or pop open a plain yogurt and add a tiny bit of honey. Or instead of ice cream, go for a cold confection like a frozen fruit bar that contains 100% real fruit.

Why it matters

Although our bodies need some sugar, salt, and fat to function, it's very easy to eat too much. Cutting down on sugar means you'll lower your risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cavities, and saying no to salt will help protect you from high blood pressure, kidney disease, and stroke. Plus, making healthy food substitutions may expose you to new flavors and textures that you wouldn't enjoy otherwise.

Fun fact

In old Japanese theaters, salt was sprinkled on the stage before the performance to ward off evil spirits.


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