Healthy Alternatives to Your Favorite Foods

By Genevieve Cunningham

It’s really unfortunate, but many of our most favorite foods are actually incredibly unhealthy. OK, maybe they’re not the absolute worst, but they’re definitely not on the list of healthy foods. Maybe this is why eating healthy is so hard! It’s tough to change old habits, and finding new foods to take the place of your old favorites is a challenge. Luckily, it’s possible as long as you’re armed with just a little knowledge. If you’re trying to make some healthy changes in your diet, take a look at these healthy alternatives to some of your favorite dishes.

The Fave: Rice

Rice is a common side dish that is easy to cook, easy to pair with other foods, and satisfying to the tastebuds. So why is it unhealthy? White rice is heavy in carbohydrates and contains a compound that makes it difficult to absorb the healthier parts of the food. And a healthy alternative? If you really love rice, just choose its brown counterpart. Brown rice is a healthier option because it’s lower in carbs and it's a complex whole grain. If you’re OK with branching out a bit, get rid of rice and choose quinoa instead. Quinoa is heavy in protein, light in carbs, and a great food to add to your normal menu.

The Fave: Potatoes

Potatoes are a heavy, starchy side dish that we all love! Most of us are aware that eating potatoes regularly probably isn’t the best choice. So what can we eat instead? Just choose sweet potatoes. These are much healthier for the body, and can be used in place of regular potatoes most of the time. They can be baked, made into fries, and sliced and baked for a quick, easy, delicious, and healthier side dish for almost every meal.

The Fave: Sweet Treats

Candy, ice cream, cake … the good stuff! Unfortunately, sweets are high in calories, packed with sugar, and can contribute to excessive weight gain. So what can we eat instead? Opt for fruit when possible. Fruit is a natural sugar, so it satisfies the sweet tooth. But it’s lower in calories and is much less likely to cause weight gain or other health problems associated with excessive sugar intake.

It can be tough to change your diet. We like what we like, and we get used to eating the same old foods. But if you want to improve your health or lose weight, changing your menu might be necessary. Use these healthy alternative as a guide to help you get moving in the right direction. You may even find that you like them more, and that changing your diet isn’t nearly as hard as you imagined in the beginning.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Glendale, Calif.

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