Sometimes it’s hard to make healthy decisions when at a store full of not-so-healthy options. Here are some helpful food alternatives that you may not be aware of. A lot of these substitutes taste just as good or better!
Opt for corn tortillas versus flour or go sans processed wrap and use a lettuce leaf to contain your food. I love lettuce as a “shell” for tacos and a “bun” for turkey burgers.
When it comes to bread and flour, whole wheat is far less processed than white. White bread is made from refined flour which have had all the good nutrients and fibers processed out of the grain. Whole wheat will keep your energy level high.
When it comes to the various milks that are available, my preference is almond milk. It is half the calories of skim dairy milk and still packs a punch in the Calcium department. Go for unsweetened original. You add on sugar, and therefore calories, when you grab the vanilla or the sweetened.
Go for salsa instead of cheese dip and greek yogurt (1% or fat free) instead of mayo or sour cream. Both salsa and greek yogurt are great toppers to your meals. Yogurt, in particular, makes a great base for vegetable dip.
Liquid aminos are a fantastic and tasty substitute for salt-laden soy sauce. Throw a few teaspoons in your veggie stir fry or use it to create a marinade for your meat.
Don’t waste your time in the condiment aisle by scouring through the salad dressings for the healthiest option. Just make your own. Consult the Google. Instead of mayonnaise-based and “creamy” dressings, you can find a plethora of low-fat, low-cal ones. Apple cider, red wine, and rice are all great selections for a vinegar. People love balsamic… I’m NOT one of those people. Bleck!
Other common seasonings to add a punch to your dressings and sauces are fresh fruit juices, like lemon and lime. Fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley, basel, and mint. Ginger, garlic, and shallots are wonderful.
While I’m on the topic of salads, pick out your favorite seed or nut and use that to give your meal it’s crunch. Leave those packaged croutons alone. They don’t belong in your belly, or your shopping cart!
So the next your at the grocery store remember these healthy alternatives. Sometimes those pretty packages can be tempting! My advice is to stick to the perimeter of the store and only venture into the aisles for specific items. You may need a spice or an oil, but you don’t need to scroll down that dreaded chip aisle or stroll your kiddos past the sugary cereal! Good luck and happy, healthy shopping!
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