Trying to eat healthier is a constant thought in our minds, and we’re guessing it’s a huge part of your life, too. And that’s wonderful, as eating well is a vital part of staying healthy, happy and productive. However, we also recognize that “eating healthier” is a very broad goal, making it a difficult one to “accomplish” to full capacity.
Not to fret! We’ve come up with five easy, healthy food swaps that can be achieved in minutes to up the health ante within a variety of your typical meals and snacks.
Pasta > Spaghetti Squash
Pasta, especially the kind made with white flour, doesn’t have very much nutritional value. Spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles have the same consistency and taste of pasta, but with a whole lot more natural vitamins and minerals!
Ground Beef > Ground Tofu
The cool thing about tofu is that it’s really good at soaking up flavor. Whether you’re into rich, spicy sauces or a subtle pinch of sweetness, there’s totally a way to flavor tofu that you’ll end up really enjoying. Plus, it makes for a great “Meatless Monday” meal with a heaping spoonful of veggies!
Rice > Quinoa/Bulgur
If you aren’t sure about these items, quinoa and bulgur are grains with very similar textures/tastes as rice, but with tons of protein. While one cup of quinoa contains 24 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber, one cup of bulgur grain touts 17 grams of protein and 26 grams of fiber. That’s a whole lot of nutrition!
Potato Chips > Kale Chips
It’s probably fairly well known that potato chips aren’t the best for you, but it’s often difficult to find a healthy alternative that satisfies the craving. Here, we turn to one of our favorite, most nutritious greens: kale! With all the vitamins in this leafy veggie, it’s unnecessary to feel too guilty chomping on a bowl of this crunchy goodness. Easy recipe here!
Fruit Juice > Whole Fruit
Many fruit juices have loads of added sugar, so much so that many of these fruity concoctions equal out to drinking a can of soda in terms of sugar intake! Drinking juice also removes the fiber that comes with a piece of natural fruit. Cut up a whole bunch of your favorite fruit on Sunday nights for an on-the-go morning fix.
What food swaps do you make daily to insert a little extra health into your diet?