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5 Healthy Replacements for 5 Unhealthy Foods

5 Healthy Replacements for 5 Unhealthy Foods

Large food companies are very effective at convincing you to eat their products even if they are deadly to your health.

I picked out 10 of the worst offenders in 2 articles: 5 Top Foods to Eliminate From Your Diet in 2014 and 5 More Foods to Avoid.

It’s much easier to avoid these unhealthy foods IF you have healthy substitutes. Here are 5 super healthy recipes to help you do so.

Home preserved tomatoes - nutrition without the BPS

1. Replace Canned Tomatoes (which have high BPS and BPA levels).

The linings of the tin cans have a resin which contains bisphenol-A, or BPA. This is a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and even obesity.

Freezing Raw Whole Tomatoes (with their skins)

Freezing tomatoes is easier than making one’s own canned tomatoes. The least time consuming way is to freeze whole raw tomatoes but you can freeze them sliced, chopped, puréed or even cooked.  It is best to leave the skins because that is where the most carotenoids and flavonols are found.

  • Raw thawed tomatoes may be used in any cooked tomato recipe.
  • It is best to season after thawing, not before freezing.  Freezing may either strengthen or weaken seasonings.
  • They are best used in soups, sauces and stews as they become mushy when they’re thawed.
  • As with all frozen vegetables it is best to eat them within about 8 months for best quality.


1. Select firm, ripe tomatoes and discard any that are spoiled.
2. Wash Tomatoes well under running water and dry it with a paper towel.
3. Cut away the stem scar and surrounding area and discard it before freezing.
4. Place the tomatoes on cookie sheets and freeze. Tomatoes do not need to be blanched before freezing.
5. Once frozen put the tomatoes into freezer bags or other containers. Seal tightly.

You can freeze stewed tomatoes too. Remove stem ends, peel and quarter ripe tomatoes. Cover and cook until tender (10 to 20 minutes). Wait till cool then pack in containers, leaving some space at the top. Seal and freeze.

2. Instead of Oreo Cookies or a Snickers bar, here is an easy homemade chocolate bar.

The health benefits of cacao without the unhealthy sugars and fats.


Cherry Pecan Dark Chocolate Bar

This is a totally decadent chocolate that everyone loves.


4 squares (approx. 112 gm) unsweetened chocolate
3 Tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
2 Tbsp unpasteurized honey
1/4 teaspoon liquid stevia
1/4 cup pecans, roasted and chopped
1/4 cup dried unsweetened cherries chopped in halves


1. Dry roast pecans in a toaster oven or in frying pan (stir frequently so they do not burn).
2. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or very carefully in saucepan.
3. Oil with coconut oil a small pan of approximately 8 inches square.
4. Sprinkle evenly the cherries and pecans in the pan.
5. When chocolate is melted; remove from heat.
6. Mix in coconut oil and stevia.
7. Then mix in honey.
8. Pour melted chocolate mixture over the cherries and pecans.
9. Let cool in refrigerator or freezer.
10. Once set, cut into squares.
11. Store in covered container in refrigerator or freezer, if desired.

This recipe is just one of the many recipes in the Healthy Chocolate Project.  This video course teaches you how to make an assortment of amazingly delicious chocolates that uses only small quantities of healthy sugars and healthy oils.

3. Replace store bought salad dressings that are full of unhealthy fats, salts, sugars, artificial flavors and colors.

Olive oil, lemon and a bit of salt - the base for fantastic salad dressings.

We eat salads to be healthy. The problem is, the salad dressing can make the salad into an unhealthy meal.
Make a big jar of this easy-to-make, low calorie dressing. It’s alkalizing and healthy.

Light Lemon Oil Salad Dressing

This is a base recipe that you can make up different each time with a variety of herbs.
I use this a lot in my online cooking classes. What makes this light is the addition of water.


1 cup cold pressed olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1/4 – 1 tsp. Himalayan or sea salt
Few drops of liquid Stevia


1 – 3 tsp. basil
1/2 – 1 tsp. marjoram
1/4 tsp. rosemary
2 tbsp. fresh mint (or 2 tsp. dried) for a mint dressing


1. Put all ingredients into a blender; blend till smooth.
2. Put in a jar with a lid and refrigerate till using.

Or try my favorite in the winter:  Creamy Tahini Salad Dressing

REAL popcorn!


4. Replace Butter-Flavored Microwave Popcorn with its unhealthy chemicals.

Make your own popcorn in a hot air popping machine.
If you don’t have one you can just make it in a pot on the stove.

Then, melt butter (or ghee), pour on and sprinkle with salt.

This simple version is tasty and much more healthy than microwave popcorn, but if you want to spice it up, my favorite is Curried Popcorn.

5. Eliminate Bacon and Bacon Bits with all of their fat and additives.

Get that salty crunch from healthy seeds.

Seed Topping for Salad, Rice or Vegetables

This is a quick way to add some extra flavor to your grain or steamed vegetables or just for a snack.
Pumpkin seeds are the only seeds that are alkaline forming.


1/2 cup pumpkin seeds*
1  – 2 tsp. tamari or soy sauce or Braggs


1.    Dry roast seeds in frying pan.
2.    Stir constantly until golden brown.
2.    Remove from heat.
3.    Add tamari or soy sauce or Braggs.
4.    Sprinkle on top of rice or vegetables.

*You can use sunflower seeds instead but they are not alkaline forming.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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9:14PM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

very kool thank you

6:16AM PDT on Mar 25, 2014


3:18AM PST on Mar 4, 2014

Noted, thx

8:55PM PST on Feb 28, 2014


8:22PM PST on Feb 27, 2014

Very healthy but extremely unappetizing I imagine.

3:35AM PST on Feb 24, 2014


7:47AM PST on Feb 22, 2014

Thank you for sharing

5:55AM PST on Feb 22, 2014

Great tips - thank you!

1:32AM PST on Feb 21, 2014

Signed and noted!!

2:00AM PST on Feb 20, 2014

While I normally try to eat healthy, last night I had pork belly, an honestly say I can think of anything else I rather eat.

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