Switch It Up! Healthier Options for Favorite Foods


August 12, 2010 by Danielle

You can have the best of both worlds!-Image courtesy of Oprah.com

Eating healthier can seem like a daunting challenge (I definitely think the girl in the picture above is thinking that).  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  There are small changes you can make to your every day diet to get the most nutritional bang for your buck without giving up the foods you love.   Here are a few of my favorites that’ll help you get started on making healthier choices that taste great.
Instead of… Try… Why? How do I use it?
regular milk almond milk If you’re lactose intolerant (like me!) this drink tastes similar to the real thing, is easier to digest and has fewer calories + sugar than milk. Use it anywhere you use milk.  It’s great with cereal, in smoothies or just plain.
yogurt greek yogurt Lower in sugar and higher in protein than the yogurt you’re probably used to eating.  More protein means it’ll keep you fuller for longer. I love using it in everything from wraps to desserts.  Try it with a little honey or agave.  Yum!
milk chocolate dark chocolate Dark chocolate contains good for you antioxidants and has less saturated fat and sodium than milk chocolate I love Trader Joe’s 100 calorie snack sticks of dark chocolate.  It’s the perfect portion size and it’s a great way to satisfy my monstrous sweet tooth
white flour pasta whole wheat pasta Since the entire wheat grain is kept intact during the refining process, whole wheat pasta is the way to go.  Bite for bite, you’re getting more fiber and nutrients with whole wheat pasta. Use whole wheat pasta any time you would normally use white flour pasta.  I love creating a quick pasta sauce by tossing a bunch of veggies (broccoli, onions, carrots, mushrooms) together with red sauce.
soda sparkling mineral water Most traditional sodas contain a lot of ingredients that I can’t even pronounce…probably means you shouldn’t be drinking it. When I’m craving a soda, I reach for naturally flavored sparkling water.   It has the same fizziness that you’re looking for without the chemicals.

Check out Fitsugar for some more great ideas on healthy food substitutions.  And if you have some great substitutions that you use at home, I’d love to hear!  Share them in the comments below.


2 thoughts on “Switch It Up! Healthier Options for Favorite Foods

  1. screwdestiny says:

    Instead of a milkshake, have a smoothie. You’ll be skipping most of the fat and refined sugar, and getting nutrients and protein. Just make sure you’re making the smoothie with good stuff (like fresh fruit, plain yogurt, protein powder, flax seed, etc.)! I do this when I’m really craving something sweet but don’t want a calorie bomb.

    Instead of mashed potatoes have a plain baked potato. Honestly, I don’t think there’s really anything wrong with a potato. Sure, it has carbs, but we need carbs if we’re being active. It’s what we do to potatoes most of the time that makes it so they’re so villified. And frankly, I think plain baked potatoes taste just fine. Don’t need butter or anything.

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