Sunday, September 1, 2013

Healthy swaps for the foods you love

Food Swaps: It's A Lifestyle, Not A Diet

We women are always looking for a way to get rid of a few extra pounds. Unfortunately, many times we get trapped in the fad diet game and lose some weight, which we gain back very fast. Diets are problematic because they are hard to stick with in the long run. This means that sooner or later, once your diet is finished, you will start eating all the foods that you have been craving. And you never learn to eat in a better way.

The solution to this issue is not to change the way you eat for a few weeks, but to change your whole attitude towards food. By learning to make healthier food choices, those pounds will melt away without you even noticing. Let's have a look at some simple food swaps that you can start doing even today, in order to achieve a slim figure and a better health.

Nut milk instead of cow's milk

Be it almond, hazelnut or oat milk, those alternatives have much less calories than cow's milk and they are usually fortified with B12 vitamin and calcium. You can use them in any way you use regular milk: your cereal, hot chocolate, baking and cooking.

Stevia instead of sugar

Stevia is a plant-based sweetener that does not spike your blood sugar and prevents cravings. With regular sugar, you get a sugar rush and after a while you feel even more tired than before. Stevia is a great choice not only for losing weight, but for people with type two diabetes as well.

Brown rice instead of white rice

Brown rice, like all whole grain products, is rich in fiber. This means that it will improve your digestion, keeping you regular. It has also many more vitamins and minerals than white rice, which means that you get a lot more health benefits for less calories.

Turkey slices instead of deli meat

For the times that you crave a nice sandwich, go for turkey slices instead of deli meats. This way you will get much less calories, significantly less fat and sodium. Good for your figure, good for your heart and blood pressure as well!

Olive oil instead of butter

Olive oil is loaded with antioxidants and has a great taste. Butter has a great taste as well, but it is loaded in calories. Additionally, it is harder to digest than olive oil and does not protect your cardiovascular system the way olive oil does.

Yogurt instead of cooking cream

Yogurt has much less calories and fat than cooking cream and it gives a great slightly sour taste to pasta sauces and salad dressings. Add in a few chopped herbs and you will be amazed by its potential.

Kale chips instead of potato chips

Super easy, super healthy. Just put bite-sized kale pieces in the oven for 10', spray with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and you are done. Much less calories than potato chips and you will get tons of calcium and antioxidants as well.

Frozen bananas instead of ice cream

Ice cream is a hard one to substitute, but if you like bananas, just cut a couple of them in pieces, freeze overnight and blend. The most delicious, low calorie ice cream you have ever tasted! You can even add cocoa powder or peanut butter, for a twist.

Happy swapping, happy slimming!

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