Let’s be honest, ladies; How many of us decide to stick to a diet, eat a (rather boring!) salad for two weeks and then quit completely? There’s no chance we’re alone in this one!
But your weight loss and healthy eating goals don’t mean you have to say goodbye to your favorite foods and eliminate those delicious ones. Below we have compiled a list of 14 healthy switches to help you enjoy delicious meals while sticking to your healthy eating goals!
The easiest way to make real changes in your life, develop new habits and stay motivated is to have small and easy changes without feeling alone! In this way, sticking to your goals isn’t quite so tough.
My favorite 14 healthy food swaps
Right, ladies, let’s dive in!
Replace breakfast cereals with oats
Is there any other food quite so versatile? I don’t think so! Oats are satisfying, filling and there is a lot you can do with them. Serve them with fruit and nuts for nutritious oatmeal. Or bake oatmeal and make your own granola. You can even add dried fruit and honey to sweeten.
Not only can you control what’s in your breakfast, but oatmeal has almost a third of the calories of other breakfast cereals.
Switch pasta for zoodles
What the hell are zoodles? It’s short for zucchini noodles! With a spiralizer, you can easily prepare any vegetable noodles. For example, zucchini, carrots, beets, cabbage, cucumbers, butternut squash and sweet potatoes can be spiralled into noodles.
Since they all have a lower calorie content compared to regular pasta or noodles, you can get the same comfort from pasta, without the hefty calories.
Enjoy avocado toast
There is some misconception about avocado and its high fat content, that’s true – but they are high in the right kind of fat.
If you love eating toast and want to make sure you add some fiber, vitamins and minerals to your diet, try adding a tablespoon of avocado to your toast. Up the flavor with a little salt, pepper and squeeze some lemon on top!
Whole fruit, not smoothies
We’ve already mentioned this, many times, but how often do you sit down and eat a banana, half an apple, a pineapple, five strawberries, an orange and bunch of spinach in one sitting?
Maybe not very often, right? But if you drink smoothies, this may sound pretty normal.
If you are looking to lose weight, feeling satisfied from your meals is important. You will quickly find that if satiety is low, you’re going to crave something soon after!
In addition, when we blend the fruit, we break down the fiber and our body is less able to detect calories. Smoothies and juices are great as a sweet treat and will definitely tastier than soda, but remember exactly what you are consuming.
Baked, not fried
If you’re keeping an eye on your calorie intake, there is a lot of fear about carbohydrates, especially potatoes. But did you know that you don’t have to avoid potatoes just because you’re on a diet?
It all depends on how you prepare them. Baking some potatoes is a much healthier way than frying. And you should skip adding things like oil, butter, cream and cheese, because all these ingredients add up.
Our favorite way to eat potatoes is to slice them, season with salt, pepper, garlic/herbs and maybe bake some peppers and whack them in the oven for half an hour at 350 degrees!
Delicious, satisfying and healthy!
Almond milk, not dairy
Did you know that a cup of milk, even when opting for 0% milk, has 83 calories? In comparison, unsweetened almond milk has just 36 calories per cup. Plus, it’s super easy to make at home.
If you’re gonna eat pizza, add veggies
Miss your favorite takeout meal? Well, you can still keep on top of your healthy eating goals by skipping fatty toppings such as pepperoni and instead opting for one packed with veggies.
This way you can still enjoy your favorite treat, but you also get a lot of vegetables into your diet.
Cut out refined sugar
We all know that we need to reduce our intake of sugar, especially refined sugar.
But if you’re missing a little sweetness, don’t worry! Try adding fruit (such as dates, banana and mango) or cinnamon instead!
Cook with applesauce instead of oil or butter
While we can reduce calories in the foods we eat, what about when you’re cooking? Well… Applesauce is a very good substitute for recipes that require butter or oil.
Not only does it have only 100 calories per cup, but it also has a very low saturated fat content.
Make a snack with roasted beans
There is no denying that nuts are good for you; they may be small but they’re packed full of lots of good things! However, they can also also be quite calorific.
If you are looking for a crispy and tasty snack, instead of chips or nuts, grill chickpeas or edamame beans with a little spice for a tasty, protein-rich snack. A cup of roasted nuts has about 200 calories, while a cup of nuts has more than 800 calories.
Swap cheese sauce for bean sauce
Now, we know it sounds a little weird… But beans and vegetables are the perfect base for cream sauces and can be another great way to get plenty of vegetables into your diet.
Cream sauces are usually very fatty and rich, easily tripling the calorie content of your favorite pasta. When preparing creamy vegetable sauce, try using cauliflower or carrots with some nutritional yeast! It’s a super easy sauce to prepare, with much fewer calories.
The secret star here is nutritional yeast, full of creamy flavors, making it a must for your pantry.
Swap out mayo for hummus
Do you want to add flavor to your favorite sandwich without adding a bunch of calories? Then try replacing mayo with hummus or mustard. Hummus has 75% fewer calories than mayonnaise! Crazy, right?
And mustard has about 20 calories per ounce, so it’s a great way to add flavor without unnecessary extra calories.
Make your own salad dressings without oil
When we try to eat healthily, many of us choose salads. And salads can be very nutritious while low in calories; For example, leafy vegetables are high in many minerals, can keep you feeling full, while also being low calorie-wise.
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However, all your good work can disappear if you add an oil-based dressing. One tablespoon of olive oil has 120 calories – more than all the ingredients of your salad combined!
However, we recommend that you prepare a low-fat, oil-free salad dressing utilizing mustard, vinegar, beans, avocados or seeds.
Make a bean chili
Now it might just be us… But chili is one of my ultimate comfort foods. Have you ever tried to make a meatless version with a variety of beans? Not only do the beans have a very low fat content, but they are also full of slow releasing complex carbohydrates, as well as being a great source of protein.
In addition, beans have 50% fewer calories than the same amount of lean ground beef.
So, you have 14 healthy diet changes that you can make to achieve your weight loss goals. You’ve got it, ladies!
Now you know about these easy switches, I have no doubt you’ll be smashing your goals in no time! But if you need a little help to support your weight loss, Trimtone is always there to help you achieve your goals faster than ever before.
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