What are you eating right now? If it’s a well-rounded salad, then good for you. If it’s a basketball sized pile of Snickers bars, you have some work to do. It’s ok, though, you don’t have to go from “Snickers guy” to “salad guy” all at once. You can make a gradual change with some key healthy food swaps. Here are 10 to start you off.
1. SWAP WHITE BREAD FOR WHOLE GRAIN HEALTHY FOOD
White bread hardly has any nutritional value. For the most part, all your body gets is sugar and empty calories. Since bread is one of the most comforting foods out there, you don’t have to give it up completely. Just swap is with something better like whole wheat bread or sprouted grain.
2. PUT HEALTHY FOOD ON YOUR TOAST
Sticking with the bread theme here, let’s talk about toppings. Instead of slathering your toast with sugary jams or spreads with many preservatives, opt for something a bit healthier. For example, try some avocado, hummus or natural peanut butter instead.
3. SWAP CANDY BARS FOR HEALTHY FOOD
This one sounds obvious and that’s because it is. Candy bars are simply not good for us. There’s almost zero nutritional value in a candy bar so if you’re looking to change it up, just go for fruit. That’s right, good old fruit. It’s there when we need it and never lets us down.
4. SWAMP WHITE PASTA FOR HEALTHY FOOD
White pasta is similar to white bread in terms of nutritional value. There isn’t much of it. Thankfully, many stores sell whole wheat pasta, quinoa pasta, and brown rice pasta. That way, you don’t have to give up one of the best foods ever created.
5. SWAP SODA FOR HEALTHY FOOD JUICE
Like candy bars, it’s no surprise that soda is horrible for you. It’s loaded with sugar and other unwanted chemicals. If you want to make a healthy swap, switch to healthy fruit juice. Watch out, though, many fruit juice brands are just as bad as soft drinks. Look for ones that have no added sugar and no added ingredients besides the fruit itself.
6. SWAP DRINKS FOR TEA
If fruit and vegetable juice isn’t your thing, then give tea a try. There are plenty of healthy tea options like green, ginger, berry and so much more. A whole new world of tea awaits, so go out and explore it!
7. SWAP FRIES FOR BAKED POTATOES
Most fast food establishments don’t fry their food in healthy oils so it’s best to save some money and make some potatoes at home. Both regular and sweet potatoes have a myriad of nutrients to take advantage of. Baking them is the best way to maximize your potato profit.
8. SWAP SHOPPING TIMES
Yes, it’s not all about food on this list. Just as you want to plan what foods you eat, you should plan when to buy them. They always say never grocery shop while you’re hungry and that’s especially true for trying to eat healthily. The hungrier you are, the more likely you will be to make poor decisions.
9. SWAMP RESTAURANTS FOR HOME
Even at the healthy restaurants, you never know exactly what’s going into your meal. Cooking at home lets you choose the ingredients, so you know just what to put in your body. In addition to that, it’s fun!
10. SWAP GREEK YOGURT INSTEAD OF SOUR CREAM
It’s not that sour cream is incredibly bad for you, it’s just that Greek Yogurt is incredibly good for you. Try it on a potato, nachos and various recipes for an added health boost.