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Try These Food Swaps for More Nutritious Meals

By Stepy Kamei

Most people reading this adhere closely to the Western diet, which is full of foods that are high in fat, sodium, and sugar. The word “nutritious” may very rarely be associated with the word “delicious,” but the truth is that nutritious foods really can be delicious if they are only given a chance to be a part of your dietary plan. For many people who are ready to clean up their diet in favor of more healthy foods, the desire to switch out unhealthy foods for much more healthy ones can often be trumped by the overwhelming amount of choices that can be made. It can be a bit of a challenge to change a person’s entire eating habits, staple ingredients, and favorite recipes in order to make them fit into a healthier category of lifestyle. The good news is that it is possible to make the move toward a healthier diet by making subtle changes to it. Many people may find it easier to simply start by swapping out some of the more unhealthy and fatty foods in their favorite meals in favor of healthier and less fatty ingredients that can still provide a rich and tasty flavor. 

Cottage Cheese in Place of Many Dairy Products

Many recipes call for milk, cream, or cream cheese as a thickening agent, and this can prove to be a bit of a dilemma for people who don’t care much for the taste of dairy products. Cottage cheese has a much milder dairy taste, yet it is incredibly rich and textured. It’s lighter in fat, too, and it contains quite a lot of protein. Consider baking with this food, or even substituting it as a great dessert alternative with fresh fruit mixed in.

Whole Wheat Bread instead of White Bread

The next time you’re stocking up on bread to make sandwiches, paninis, or any other lunch creation, be sure to ditch the white bread, which is highly refined and contains little to no nutritional value. Add whole wheat bread to your grocery list, as it is full of protein and fiber to help you stay full and nourished for a longer period of time.

Olive Oil Fits into Many Dishes

Finally, cooking with olive oil instead of butter will provide your diet with healthy fats and a lack of artery-clogging minerals. Some of the healthiest diets in the world tend to use olive oil in many of their dishes.

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