Eating healthy is about balance and moderation, instead of restriction. If you routinely practice healthy food swaps that cut calories and fat, you can indulge in your favorites here and there.
There are many healthy food swaps possible and these are some of my favorites.
- Drink green tea instead of caffeinated soda. Green tea helps to cleanse the digestive system and will give your metabolism a boost.
- Drink warm lemon and ginger water instead of fruit juice to flush out toxins and improve digestion and get a metabolism boost.
- Sip on fresh fruit and herb infused water instead of sports drinks, vitamin water or soda. Strawberry, basil and orange infused water is one of my favorite combinations – here is the recipe.
- Eat a small piece (i.e., the size of a dice) of 70 percent cocoa dark chocolate in place of processed sugary foods (cookies, donuts etc.,) to curb sweet cravings. Dark chocolate is a rich source of antioxidants and minerals. If you’re not craving chocolate, try eating a piece of fruit instead of the sugary snack.
- Instead of adding sugar, add cinnamon to oatmeal, chia seed pudding, or even your coffee. Cinnamon controls blood sugar and will still satisfy a sweet tooth.
- Make salad dressing at home instead of using store-bought salad dressing that may contain a high amount of hidden sugar. Flavored olive oil and flavored vinegar with a dash of salt is crisp and delicious or whisk together lemon, olive oil and a touch of honey.
- Air pop popcorn and season with dried herbs such as oregano, rosemary and parsley instead of eating microwave popcorn that has added butter and unnatural ingredients.
- If you’re craving pasta, substitute spaghetti squash or spiralized zucchini or steamed broccoli for the noodles. If you still want to eat some noodles, substitute half out for vegetables.
- Enjoy soup for lunch instead of a sandwich. Soup is nutritious, filling, and most soups are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and nutrients – especially if you make them. Learn more about how good soup is for you and don’t miss the links to my favorite soup recipes at the end.