Healthy Food Swaps
Now that you are well into the New Year, how are your nutrition and wellness goals going for you? Are you finding it challenging to prepare meals that are healthier? I know for me, it has been more effective to start with simple food substitutions that I can slowly build on. Exchanging a few ingredients in recipes could lead to big results. You may find that you start to like how these new ingredients taste and will actually crave more healthy options while cooking.
One of the simplest food swaps I have made is making water my primary beverage for the day. Water is so much better for hydration of the body without added sugars or stimulants. Keep a container of pure filtered water with you at all times so that you can reach for it first before less healthy choices like pop, juice and coffee.
Instead of feeling like you have to give up everything you love, what if you started thinking about how you can substitute foods you love for something else that mimics it but is way healthier?
Here is a list of some healthy food swap ideas to help get you started:
Replace mayonnaise with Greek yogurt.
Replace sugary cereals with steel cut oats.
Replace margarine with butter, nut butters or mashed avocado.
Replace sugar with dates, stevia or honey.
Replace pasta with zoodles (zucchini noodles) or spaghetti squash.
Replace mashed potatoes for cauliflower mash.
Replace table salt for Himalayan salt.
Replace sports drinks for coconut water.
Replace white rice with Quinoa, wild rice or cauliflower rice.
Kale chips or air popped popcorn for chips.
I am sure you get the idea as this list is just to get you started on making healthier choices. You don’t need to change your diet all at once to eat healthier. Starting with small changes like these healthier food swaps can help create healthy habits every day that will bring you closer to your nutrition and wellness goals!
How can we get you on track to feel better and live healthier? No Shoes Nutrition can help with meal planning and whole-food recipes. We can take you on a tour of your local grocery store to assist you to make better choices. We can support you in your journey to reduce or eliminate troublesome bodily symptoms you are feeling. Check out www.noshoesnutrition.com and sign up for a free 30 minute nutritional consultation with Penny or Megan today! Happy food swapping!