If you are looking to clean up your diet, these simple food swaps will not only save you on calories, but they will support a whole foods lifestyle that will improve your health, immunity, and assist you in reaching your weight loss goals.
Breads, Tortillas and Wraps
Instead of eating your sandwiches and burgers on bread or a bun, swap it for lettuce, portobello mushrooms, or sweet potatoes. See Portobello Bison Burger Recipe
You can also reduce your caloric load with a whole-grain English muffin.
For wraps and tortillas, Siete Foods is one of my favorite grain-free food brands. The company makes the most delicious tortillas, taco shells and chips with clean, minimally processed ingredients.
Pasta and Rice
Instead of eating traditional pasta, spiralize your vegetables, such as zucchini, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, and squashes. See Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles Recipe
You can also easily swap out traditional rice for cauliflower rice in recipes. You can buy cauliflower rice pre-cut at most grocery stores (fresh or frozen) or use a food processor at home.
Quinoa is also a great rice substitute that is full of protein and fiber.
Instead of mindlessly snacking on sugary and salty foods, choose foods that will give you a boost of energy and keep you satiated until your next meal. I always recommend keeping healthy snacks in your home and office, such as: nuts, trail mix, packed tuna, hummus and vegetables, fruit, hardboiled egg, sliced turkey, string cheese, and Greek yogurt.
Watch out for protein bars. Many contain as many grams of sugar as a candy bar. Instead, you can easily make energy balls at home. Your kids will love to be your sous chefs. See Beauty Protein Bites Recipe and PB & J Bites
If you want a traditional crunchy snack (popcorn, puffs), I love the brand Lesser Evil. These products are made with coconut oil as opposed to the unhealthy seed oils that are added to most snack food brands.
Simple Mills makes delicious grain-free crackers if you do not have any household nut allergies.
I would also recommend buying individual servings of snack foods, so you and your family do not mindlessly overeat.