Healthy food swaps can be difficult,transitioning your diet when you are working towards building healthier eating habits can be challenging. It can be overwhelming, confusing, and feel like you are drinking information from a fire hose. There is A LOT of information out there regarding trendy diets, healthy foods, what not to eat, etc. Let me just start by saying it doesn’t have to be difficult and confusing.
Today I want to share just a few of my go-to food swaps to make that transition to healthy eating easier while still enjoying tasty food. Sometimes it seems like in order to change your eating habits and eat healthier you have to forfeit all the foods you love. And I am here to tell you that isn’t always the case either.
My Favorite Healthy Food Swaps
Swap Sour Cream for Greek Yogurt: Is your burrito even a burrito without sour cream on top?! Sour cream is high in fat but you can easily swap it with plain, nonfat Greek yogurt for that same texture and consistency. I promise you won’t even know the difference!
Swap Coconut Oil for Vegetable/Canola Oil: Hydrogenated oils such as vegetable and canola are not good for our health and have inflammatory effects on our body. Instead of baking with a highly refined oil, use coconut oil that is less refined and has more nutrients.
Swap Dark Chocolate for Milk Chocolate: Look for chocolate that is 70% or higher in cacao. This type of dark chocolate has less sugar, more antioxidants, and more fiber.
Swap Almond/Oat/Soy Milk for Regular Milk: Regular dairy milk can be irritating for some and it can also be high in fat and sugar. Swap it out for an unsweetened almond, oat, or soy milk as a healthier, dairy free option that will also have less sugar.
Swap Regular Pasta for Chickpea or Lentil Pasta: Regular pasta is highly processed and has a high carbohydrate content which is especially not good if you struggle with blood sugar issues. A great, healthier alternative to pasta is lentil or chickpea pasta which is less refined, has more fiber, and more protein!
Swap Granulated Sugar/Can Sugar for Honey or Maple Syrup: Granulated sugar is ultra refined and basically nutritionally void. Instead of baking/cooking with regular cane sugar, swap it out for honey or maple syrup which are less refined, taste just as great if not better, and have a lower glycemic index helping to keep your blood sugar more stable.
There are MANY MORE healthy swaps than just the short list above that you can make as you embark on your health and wellness journey. Honestly, small changes can make a drastic impact! Keep your eye out for fat and sugar content and try to find alternatives that are lower in fat, sugar, and are less processed and refined. Start small and little by little you will get there without having to forfeit delicious foods!