Healthy Food Swaps For A Better Diet
We all know we should be eating healthier and making good food choices, but there’s no denying that it’s difficult to do. When there are convenience foods and takeaways on every corner, sometimes making a choice based on ease and taste is going to happen. However living healthily doesn’t mean you have to give up everything that you like, and the small changes you can make do all add up in a big way. There is a way to lose weight without the constant hunger. Here are some food swap ideas you could consider making for better health.
What Are Whole Grains?
Instead of using regular pasta or white rice, switch to whole grains instead. Brown pasta and rice, for example, is more nutritious and has higher levels of vitamins and fibre than it’s stripped white counterpart. Once they’re included in recipes, there’s not a great deal of difference taste-wise.
Whole grains are grains that tend to be healthier for the body. They tend to have much more nutritional value than white grains and can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Whole Grains are also a great source of fibre which is important for healthy bowel function. They also contain B Vitamins which help the body to release energy from protein, fat and carbohydrates.
Here are some whole grains which can help you improve your daily diet.
- Brown rice.
- Bulgur (cracked wheat)
- Whole-wheat bread, pasta or crackers.
You might want to try switching regular white pasta and use brown pasta to make a tasty pasta dish such as this Chicken Alfredo Instant Pot Recipe!
Switching from white to brown is a a good way to get in some added goodness into your family’s diet. Whole grains are good for heart health, lower cholesterol and don’t give a ‘spike’ in blood sugar levels making them a much better choice.
Use Sugar Alternatives at Breakfast
Instead of buying sugary breakfast cereal, buy healthy sugar alternatives and sweeten your breakfast yourself. Instead of sugar, choose honey, maple syrup, cinnamon or chopped fruit. While it’s not great to go overboard on honey or maple syrup since it is still sugary, these best sugar alternatives break down differently in the body meaning that you accumulate fewer calories from them.
Bananas and berries are also an excellent way to add sweetness to your breakfast, rather than simply spooning on the granulated white stuff. Fruit is a great way to pack in more nutrition and extra vitamins and makes a breakfast much more interesting.
You might want to try grated apple oatmeal or maybe a Weight Watchers friendly breakfast smoothie.
Bake Your Own Bread
Making the switch from white to wholemeal bread is, of course, a good one. but to go one better, why not bake it yourself? A good bread maker takes all of the hassle out of it for you as it mixes, kneads, proves and bakes all in the machine. Even branded versions such as Panasonic bread makers aren’t too expensive, but will save you a whole host of cash over time.
Bread requires very few ingredients, all which are cheap to buy. This way you know exactly what’s gone into it too. And if you’re feeling creative you could add all kinds of extras such as herbs, flavours, seeds and even dried fruit to improve the taste and nutritional value.
Switch Potatoes To Sweet Potatoes
Regular potatoes aren’t especially bad on their own, especially if cooked healthily and eaten in moderation. However, a much more nutritional option is sweet potatoes. Unlike regular potatoes these count towards your five a day. They’re just as versatile, and taste delicious too! Use them just as you would a regular potato- for jackets, mash, wedges and fries.
Swap Full-Fat Dairy For Reduced Fat
Sometimes you have to be careful when buying ‘diet’ or reduced fat varieties of things. This is because the fat can be replaced with chemicals which are equally bad for you. But in the case of milk, yogurt (providing it’s not a sugary flavoured variety) cheese and other types of dairy it can be beneficial buying the lower fat versions.
Lower fat dairy products can help reduce your saturated fat levels right down. In recipes, try making good substitutes for example, you can often use greek yogurt in place of heavy cream for a lighter alternative.
Making diet swaps is a great way to improve your health with very little effort. The extra nutrition will be great for your body and can be a great the whole family.
You may enjoy reading 8 Keto Diet Plan Swaps To Make Your Life Easier. The article is over on The Inspiration Edit and super useful for anyone looking to make low carb food swaps.