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Making Smart Food Swaps is Easy

By Stepy Kamei

Wouldn't it be great if our most favorite foods also happened to be the ones which were best for our health? Unless you're a pretty serious health nut, chances are this isn't true for you. It can seem unfair that the best-tasting snacks aren't exactly the best for your diet, but it's good to know there are ways in which you can improve the health content of your meals and snacks without sacrificing taste. When it comes down to it, making smart dietary choices isn't necessarily all about cutting out the bad foods -- it's more about incoporating healthier foods in place of others. Making smart food choices is easy with these simple food swaps. 

Instead of Red Meat, Try Lean Proteins Such as Seafood

It's true that the body does need protein, and that animal meat is a great resource of said protein. However, people who consume too much red meat have been found to experience health problems such as high cholesterol, weight gain, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk for heart attack or even anxiety disorders. This is due to the high fat content found in many sources of red meat. Salmon is a great alternative because it contains plenty of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Scallops are another great choice because they are low in fat.

Fill Up on Something Other than Bread

Bread is a staple ingredient in all kinds of recipes. You'd be hard-pressed to find a household without some sort of bread, and for good reason. However, many store-bought bread products are often refined and stripped of their nutrients, such as fiber and protein. This leaves them with little to no nutritional value. This is why it's not a bad idea to mix things up every now and again. For instance, you may try replacing bread crumbs or croutons with crushed walnuts in your salads. English muffins are also a generally healthier alternative to basic bread, since they tend to have more fiber and less unhealthy saturated fat.

Make Your Potatoes the Right Way

If there's another staple ingredient we all love to consume, it's got to be potatoes. However, the modern Western diet loves to prepare potatoes in a way in which they are fried or otherwise done up in an unhealthy manner. Try roasting your potatoes instead so they retain much more of their nutrients without boosting your fat or cholesterol counts too high.

A couple of good food swaps can give you more variety and help the bottom line: Your health.

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