Making simple changes to your daily diet can go a long way without making you feel deprived or restricted. It’s always best to make gradual changes that are more realistic and sustainable to improve your overall well-being!
Here are some of my favorite healthy and smart food swaps that can help you along the way too!
Swap Your Fried Eggs to Poached Eggs
Did you know? Each whole egg has about 70-calories, and one of the healthiest ways to enjoy eating eggs is by poaching it…It is significantly lower in calories than if you are eating an egg that is fried or scrambled! Eggs are a great source of protein and healthy fats too.
Enjoy Avocado as a Spread
I always want different alternatives for spreads to include in my sandwiches, so swap your mayo, sour cream, or butter for some smashed avo spread and enjoy the goodness of this fruit! Limit your portion to no more than a tablespoon too.
Swap Fruit-Flavored Yogurt to Plain, Greek Yogurt
Loaded with lots of sugar, fruit-flavored yogurt may taste good, yet not great for your waistline! Opt for plain flavored yogurt, in addition to switching to Greek Yogurt that is packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals! I enjoy my plain yogurts topped with seasonal fruits or a sprinkle of super seeds!
Start Using a Spiralizer, Swap your Noodles for Zoodles
Totally fun to make, zoodles a.k.a zucchini noodles are great swaps for pasta and other noodles! Consider them as a low-carb option for those wanting to eat light too! I enjoy them as salads or even when making bolognese or pesto spaghetti
Yes! We are going back to basics with Bone Broth
Latest superfood craze is Bone Broth, whether it be beef or chicken, delicious homemade broths have so many health benefits from improved digestion and gut health, to balancing your hormones, reducing inflammation as well as increasing energy levels and improving sleep!
Swap that Milk Chocolate for Some Organic, Dark Chocolate Squares
1 – 2 small squares of dark chocolate during the afternoon energy slump will do the job! For those with a sweet tooth like us, this hits the spot perfectly! Choose dark chocolate that is at least 70 – 85% cocoa that is loaded with powerful antioxidants, fiber, and minerals. Moderation is key though!
Lettuce Cups over Burger Buns
Shave off a few calories and carbs from your typical burger meal, and swap your bun with lettuce cups instead. Careful on the toppings too, including tomato slices, onions, and a teaspoon of mustard!
Go for More GREENS! And Say Yes to Spinach!
‘I am strong to finish when I eats me spinach, I am Popeye the Sailor Man! Toot Toot!’ Well, I couldn’t agree more with good old Popeye! Spinach is a versatile veggie that is an excellent source of many vitamins, including Vitamin A & K, as well as being rich in iron. I enjoy spinach leaves in our salads, as well as sautéing them as side dishes to our main meals and including them as greens to my on-the-go smoothies too!
Make the switch to Cauliflower Rice
Very easy to make and a great alternative to swapping your rice or couscous dishes! I enjoy cauliflower rice either raw as we toss it into a vibrant and colorful salad or sauté it lightly with some extra virgin olive oil, making it low-carb, paleo, and a great side to many of our main meals!
Don’t like Milk? Try out Kefir
For those that may be lactose-intolerant, or don’t like drinking milk too much, Kefir is a great alternative as it also contains probiotics that may help with improving your gut health and digestion; it is also a good source of protein and calcium. I swap my milk and yogurt for kefir and enjoy it in smoothies, over some muesli, or just simply as a 250-ml beverage!
I truly believe in making small, positive steps, today and every day to achieve life goals, and these simple swaps not only help in shaving off a few calories, but they also allow you to enjoy an array of different foods and experiment in being creative in the kitchen and with day-to-day meals. It’s all about balance, moderation, quality, and quantity.