Everyone knows that eating healthier foods helps you lose weight and have better overall health. So why doesn’t knowing translate into doing for two-thirds of the people in America? Eating healthy can be hard, especially with the grocery shelves of today containing such a large offering of lab-concocted, delightful-tasting treats.
Science has proven that the best way to lose weight and to keep it off isn’t necessarily to go cold turkey to an all fruit and veggie eating lifestyle. Instead, the best way to achieve a healthy weight and maintain that healthy weight is to make small, consistent changes in how you eat. To help kick start those changes, we’ve made a list of 10 healthy foods swaps that are better for you but still taste great.
10 Healthy Food Swaps You’ll Love
Sorbet Instead of Ice Cream
Dairy-free sorbet contains far less calories and 30 percent less fat than ice cream does. A healthier choice than less-fat or fat-free ice creams (due to the unhealthiness of the artificial sweeteners and other chemicals in those “treats”), sorbet will satisfy your sweet cravings without adding to your waistline.
An Open-Faced Sandwich Instead of a Traditional One
Skipping that extra piece of bread on your sandwich may not save a ton of calories, but if you’ve ever read Wheat Belly, you know that skipping that extra slice of bread will have various other benefits to your health, including lessening the damage wheat can do to your gut.
A Smoothie Made With Oranges Instead of Orange Juice
It’s always better for the body to eat real fresh fruit instead of fruit juices. Even 100% fruit juices often contain preservatives and other hidden chemicals. Choosing real fruit instead of a fruit juice will not only help you take in less calories, it will increase your fiber intake as well.
Avocado Instead of Mayonnaise as a Sandwich Spread
The creamy goodness of fresh avocado is the perfect healthy substitute to the high-calorie, unhealthy fat of mayonnaise. The fat contained in avocado is a healthy omega-3 fat, shown to be great for heart health and weight maintenance.
Black Coffee Instead of Coffee With Cream and Sugar
A daily cup of back coffee has health benefits such as improving circulation and is high in antioxidants, but we often cancel out those benefits by loading up our coffee with sugary-flavored products and chemical-laden creamers. Switching to a basic black coffee will improve your health and it’ll take very little time for you to get used to the rich, flavorful taste of unsweetened coffee.
An English Muffin Instead of a Bagel
Having an English muffin for your morning breakfasts instead of a bagel will help you reduce your calorie intake as well as your daily carb intake. And truth be told, English muffins taste just as wonderful as bagels do when smeared with organic butter.
Balsamic Vinegar Instead of Ranch Dressing
Salads seem healthy until you load them down with gobs of ranch dressing, which is full of ingredients most of us can’t even pronounce. Trade in your ranch dressing for a tablespoon of high-quality balsamic vinegar and some extra virgin olive oil. Then you can have your flavorful salad without all of the chemical additives.
Grilled Prawns Instead of Grilled Steak
By grilling up prawns for dinner instead of steak, you’re cutting back on fat intake and calories, yet still gaining a healthy dose of protein with your meal.
A Burrito Bowl Instead of a Burrito
Skip the tortilla with your burrito and turn it into a salad instead. You’ll not only be cutting back on carb intake, you’ll help your body get used to wheat free meals and yet still keep the flavor in those meals.
Fresh Fruit on Greek Yoghurt Instead of Granola
Topping your Greek yoghurt with fresh fruit instead of granola will help you reduce carb intake and increase fresh fruit intake at the same time. There’s little that’s so refreshing for a morning meal or snack than a cup of fresh fruit.
Making small changes to your daily diet will hardly impact the way you feel about giving up processed foods, but over the long haul those small changes will add up to big results in terms of your overall health.
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We had the privilege and joy of learning from Dr. Charlie Stine who instilled a love for the natural world through incredible field trips with the Johns Hopkins Odyssey Certificate program in Environmental Studies. At the time, the program was endorsed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Sadly, after Dr. Stine retired, the program was phased out. We hope that we honor his legacy by shining a bright light on environmental issues and sharing good news about the success of various conservation programs when possible.
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