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Make Healthy Eating Easier With Substitutions

By Sara Butler

A lot of people aspire to eat healthier -- it's a classic New Year's resolution. But not everyone achieves this goal and for a very simple reason: They make it too difficult. Healthy eating doesn't have to be hard. In fact, making just a few simple substitutions can make eating healthy this year a resolution you can really stick to!

Smart Bread Choices

You may love a good bagel slathered in cream cheese to start off your day, but that's a lot of calories most people have no hope of burning off. Instead of that bagel, have some whole-grain toast with some no sugar added peanut butter. That way you can still get the bread your heart (and tummy) desires but without all the extra calories. Whole-grain bread and peanut butter also provides you with protein that can help you feel fuller for longer

Another good choice is Ezekiel bread since it has no preservatives, artificial ingredients, or sugar. Pair that with some almond butter and you've got a good breakfast that will stick with you.

Snack Wisely

If you love a crunchy snack such as potato chips, you know it's not healthy for you. But crunchy snacks, in general, don't have to be unhealthy. You can opt for baked chips or make your own chips with things such as kale. You can also have nuts on hand for a snack. Pistachios, almonds, and cashews make great snacks in moderation and are full of important vitamins, minerals, and fiber your body needs to be healthy.

Cold Treats

Many people love ice cream, but the problem is that ice cream doesn't love you back. In fact, ice cream is full of sugar, fat, and calories that you don't need -- but there's an easy substitution. If you want something cold and cool, then consider grabbing some yogurt. There are all types of Greek yogurts that are full of flavor but don't have the fats and calories of ice cream.

Pasta Alternatives

Pasta is a go-to meal for a lot of people because it's easy and filling, but there are healthier choices out there that won't make you sacrifice flavor. Today you can find noodles made from vegetables such as zucchini and squash. You can also find pasta alternatives made from chickpeas or black beans. These alternatives are a healthy option that you can easily incorporate into your diet.

You don't have to make drastic changes to eat healthier. Just try a few of these swaps as a start!

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

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