If you’re trying to eat healthier or lose weight, you can start making simple healthy food swaps today that will help you achieve your goals. For example, did you know almond milk has more nutritional value than cow’s milk? By making this swap, you’ll eliminate calories, saturated fat, and sugar from the cow’s milk. Below are four other food swaps you can start implementing in your diet:
Sour cream > Greek yogurt. Love sour cream but want a healthier option? Try subbing in Greek yogurt! You can make many types of dip from Greek yogurt as well. For example, if you love ranch dressing, sprinkle ranch seasoning into Greek yogurt and stir. Perfect as a veggie dip!
Milk chocolate > Dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is a much healthier option. It contains antioxidants and much less sugar than milk chocolate. When choosing dark chocolate, pick one that is comprised of 60% or more cacao. The higher the percentage, the less sugar per serving. It will taste slightly more bitter than milk chocolate, but your tastebuds will adapt. Dark chocolate makes for a great post-dinner sweet treat.
White rice > Brown rice. By now, you may know that refined grains like white bread and white rice aren’t the healthiest options. If you love white rice, try switching to brown rice. Brown rice has a bit more dietary fiber than white rice, and also will have less of an impact on your blood sugar due to the fact that it takes longer to digest. A study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that eating two or more servings of brown rice weekly may lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Pasta > Spiralized vegetables. Are you a pasta lover? Try spiralized vegetables! Zucchini is a great vegetable to start with. You can have it raw or cooked. Top with sauce and your favorite protein for a great substitute for a pasta dish. Other options are carrots and sweet potatoes.
Milk > Almond milk. Even if you’re not lactose intelorant, almond milk is a healthier option than cow’s milk. It has more nutritional value (vitamins and minerals) as well as less fat and calories. Other similar options are soy milk, cashew milk and coconut milk.
Whatever your goals may be, these are great healthy food swaps to start including into your daily regimen. By being mindful of your eating, you may not only lose weight, but you will also be leading a healthier lifestyle in general. Try one of these healthy food swaps with your next meal!