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How to Eat Healthy and Still Be Happy

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A few favorites that actually keep you running properly.

Now, we’re all for healthy bodies. Fully functioning organ vessels make for a fully functioning brain, and we need our brains to work so we could use them to figure out how to procrastinate long enough to catch up on all the Futurama reruns.

The only issue is that we’re too attached to our taste buds. We can only eat healthy for so long before a craving for fries and donuts set in. But what if some of the stuff we were eating was actually good for us? Just keep in mind: all is fair as long as you keep mind of the portions.

Falafel

But how could falafel be healthy? They’re FRIED. Apparently, the fact that they’re made of up chickpeas bypasses the frying bit, especially if it’s done with olive oil. When fried cleanly, it’s considered a high quality source for protein that’s also low in calories. Plus, 3.6 ounces (three falafels) gives you about 26 percent of the daily recommended fiber. We know, we were surprised too.

Popcorn

Ah, popcorn. There’s no greater joy than the satisfaction that comes with mashing your face with a fist of the stuff. And, it turns out that as long as you stay away from the movie popcorn type, it contains antioxidants, fiber and is entirely whole grain. If you’re dieting and need a snack? Popcorn works in a pinch. No pun intended.

Chocolate

Dark chocolate, to be exact, is the healthy food world’s secret hidden cousin. We have a sneaking suspicion that even the health nuts couldn’t stay away from the addicting sweet, so scientists made up the fact that it’s good for your heart for them, but, hey, it’s good for your heart! It’s got antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances that help make your blood pump ticking. We are going to assume milk chocolate’s just as healthy on our own. Yum.

Baked Potatoes

Nothing fills a person up like a good, stuffed, piping baked potato. They’re easy to make, and they’re pure happy food. We even think they might be better than fries. Luckily, they also happen to be high in carbs, calories and starch, as well as being fat free and containing fiber, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B. Keep the skin on for maximum benefit! We approve of maximum benefit. In our bellies.


 

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