August 12, 2010 by Danielle
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.