What is a healthy food swap, exactly?
Optimal nutrition means making healthier choices. However, it’s not always such an easy transition. This is especially true when eating healthy means ditching foods that you enjoy or bring you comfort.
For this reason, I advocate making simple, easy, and healthy food swaps. In this way, you will get “the feel” for unhealthy foods you might enjoy, but without all the unnecessary calories, simple carbohydrates, and unnecessary fat.
Keep reading to discover junk food substitutions that will help you lose weight, curb illness, and overall transform your health.
Swap your cappuccino for herbal tea.
Many people drink their calories—and high-sugar coffees and cappuccinos are the chief culprits. We all know a food such as pizza or cheeseburgers are huge in calorie count, but not many people think of coffee drinks as high-sugar.
Put away the French fries and pick up some sweet potatoes.
Simple carbohydrates and fried foods are a lethal combination—and that description fits French fries to a tee. Instead, swap your fried potatoes for baked sweet potatoes, which have the texture and look of French fries.
Use avocado spread instead of mayonnaise.
Avocado has a lot of fat—however, it’s the good kind that your body uses for fuel. Soft, creamy, and nutritious, avocado spread is the perfect substitution for mayonnaise that is chock-full of unhealthy fat.
Garnish food with Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
Whatever you put sour cream in, try spooning some plain Greek yogurt on instead. You’ll not only save calories, but you’ll also cut down on the fat. Chances are, you won’t be able to tell the difference.
Eat fresh fruit and avoid guzzling fruit juice.
Many people think of orange, grape, and apple juice as a healthy beverage. However, these drinks are packed with sugar and calories. Simply swap juices for fresh and local fruits, and you’ll receive all the health benefits without the weight gain.
If you must have juice, that’s OK.
For this reason, I advocate Juice Plus+.
Juice Plus+ is a powder concentrate from 30 different fruits, vegetables, and grains. It is made from quality ingredients carefully monitored from farm to capsule to provide natural nutrients your body needs to be at its best.
Try spaghetti squash and cut down on high-carb pasta.
The next time you’re at the farmer’s market or natural foods store, head to the produce section and pick up a spaghetti squash. After you bake it, you can spoon out “noodles” that have drastically fewer carbs than flour and wheat pastas.
Opt for local honey to ditch processed sugar.
If you have a sweet tooth—or even a sugar addiction—it’s easier than you think to eliminate processed sugar from your diet. Put some local honey on your cereal or in your tea, and you’ll be delighted.
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