This or That: Food Swaps for Healthier Options

Healthy food swaps

One of the hardest parts on the journey with weight and health can be learning how to adjust our food and nutrition habits in ways that support a healthier diet and lifestyle. Unfortunately, many factors go into the nutrition equation including time, cost and even creativity! It can be difficult to come up with new foods and recipes that we’ll enjoy and our bodies will benefit from.

To make this challenge a little easier, we’ve come up with some different ways you can enjoy your food and make the most out of nutrition. By swapping certain ingredients in your favorite meals and snacks, you can save on extra calories and reap the benefits of added vitamins, minerals, etc. Let’s see what we can create!

Try these Food Swaps for a Healthier Meal!

Simple food substitutions can change the way you think about your favorite meals and your journey with weight and health. Check out some of our suggestions below!

  • Greek Yogurt vs Sour Cream – One serving of non-flavored, low-fat Greek yogurt can replace one serving of sour cream and taste almost identical! This substitution is lower in calories and fat, higher in protein and rich with calcium.
  • cauliflowerMashed Cauliflower vs Mashed Potatoes – Mashing cauliflower instead of potatoes can provide the same thick and creamy consistency but with half the calories and fat. Just be cautious of any butter, cream, milk, etc. that you may add into the recipe.
  • Flavored Water vs Fruit Juice – Fruit juices usually come loaded with extra sugar, but adding flavored enhancers to a glass or bottle of water can provide a similar fruity taste. Many water enhancers come with no calories or significantly reduced calories.
  • dark chocolateDark Chocolate vs Milk Chocolate – If you must get your chocolate fix, substituting dark chocolate for milk chocolate can provide surprising benefits. When eaten in moderation, dark chocolate has fewer additives, can elevate your mood and give you a boost of antioxidants.
  • Zucchini Noodles vs Pasta Noodles – Much likes the cauliflower vs potato substitution, using zucchini noodles as opposed to standard pasta noodles can cut down on your calories and starches.
  • Hummus vs Ranch and Other Dips – Many chip, cracker and vegetable dips (like ranch, for example) are loaded with extra fat and calories. By substituting with hummus, you’re getting more protein, vitamins and minerals.

While these are just a few examples, simple food swaps are a great way to enjoy your favorite foods while choosing the healthier option. Also remember that changing your food habits takes time and patience! For additional information on ways to improve your nutrition, please CLICK HERE and visit more of the Your Weight Matters blog!

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