Reach Your Goals With These Healthy Swaps
By Donna Stark
One of the hardest things to face when starting a diet is the thought of giving up your favorite foods, isn't it? But eating healthily doesn't mean you need to cut out everything you love. You can still live in a world of pizza, french fries, and cake, it's just that your world may need to go through a little bit of change. Fortunately, that change doesn't have to be drastic. Here are some simple suggestions on how to swap out the bad and bring in the good.
Exchange Your Buns
You love your burgers, don't you? Well, there is a healthier way to enjoy them than how you are now. Simply switch out your hamburger bun and in its place, use some crisp lettuce instead. Exchanging your buns for some extra greens will reduce the number of calories and carbs you consume and may even give you some added nutrition.
Choose Whole Grains
Growing up eating white bread, pasta, and rice was fine back then, but now is the time to set them aside and try something new. Brown rice and whole grain bread, tortillas, and pasta are wonderful alternatives in any diet, and even though they may have a slight change in taste (not much), they are rich in fiber, and that will keep you feeling full for a longer period of time.
Experiment With Pizza Crusts
As I said, you won't need to give up what you love and that includes pizza. Eating pizza is definitely allowed on your new diet but you may want to consider experimenting with the crust. Have you ever tried a cauliflower or shredded chicken crust? With the right recipe, the options for pizza night are endless and you can look forward to fewer calories and carbohydrates.
Say Goodbye to Fried Foods
French fries, fried chicken, mozzarella sticks ... so much to love, but so much to dislike too. Frying your food can increase the number of calories and can add a lot of unnecessary fat to your meal. So stick to roasting, grilling, and baking, or if you aren't ready to give up the flavor and texture of your favorite fried foods, invest in an air fryer.
Keep Your Desserts Healthy
Thankfully, there are plenty of healthy options to choose from when it comes time for dessert. Look for low-calorie and sugar-free treats at your store or indulge in something guilt-free and more natural, such as dark chocolate and fruit.
Eat Healthily and Reach Your Goals
With some simple ingredient swaps to the foods you love, you can easily cut back on your calorie intake and stay on track to achieve all your health goals. So, what are you waiting for? You'll feel better, you'll look better, and you'll still enjoy everything you love!
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