5 Deadly Cheat Meals You Can Have This Weekend

Fancy a treat meal? Here's five that won't ruin your diet.

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It’s fine to deviate from your diet every once in a while. In fact it’s advisable so things don’t go awry, but how can you scoff something totally tasty without completely overdoing it? We’ve found five sneaky treat meals that also rack up the health benefits, meaning you can enjoy them guilt free. YAY!

1. Homemade pizza

Put the takeaway menu back in the drawer. Unlike its greasy, fast food equivalent, making your own pizza can actually be pretty healthy, because it combines a healthy mix of carbs and protein. Opt for a wholemeal base (or even use a tortilla) and switch out toppings like pepperoni and sausage for lower-cal alternatives like fish and veggies. Much healthier, plus no getting angry when your local takeout gives you anchovies when you asked for olives.

2. DIY burgers

Thought a mighty meaty meal would completely ruin your diet? Nope, lean beef burgers are loaded with protein, and are typically lower in saturated fat than lamb or chicken patties. Brownie points? Add on plenty of salad and skip the bun. Steer clear of creamy sauces like mayo too. A tomato relish is a tasty, diet friendly alternative.

3. Sweet potato chips

Don’t wanna go the whole hog and scoff a plate of fries? Rustle up some sweet potato chips instead. Not only are they loaded with vitamins C, D and B6, they also slowly release sugars into the bloodstream, meaning no nasty dips in your energy. Simply chop ’em up, toss ’em in a bowl with a healthy dose of olive oil and bake for 20 minutes. Perf for scoffing on the couch in front of the telly.

4. A full Irish

Not just a deadly hangover cure, a full fry is also a pretty deadly cheat meal too. Why? The dose of protein from eggs, sausage and bacon is great for repairing muscle if you’ve been working out, while carbohydrate will give you a mega energy hit. Worried about calories? Stick your ingredients on the grill instead.

5. Dessert

Nope, desserts aren’t completely off limits. One of our favourite healthy recipes is this one for Fudgey Cream Cheese Brownies that racks up only 127 calories and less than three grams of saturated fat per portion. Turns out you can have your cake and eat it too. #nom

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