Would you like to be healthier, lose some unwanted kilos and feel better?
Healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be overwhelming! When it comes to weight loss and health, slow and steady wins the race!
Every small change counts! Our body is clever and very sensitive so you can feel a difference immediately. With these simple food swaps you will easily improve your health, save the calories and feel much better in your own body.
- Go wholegrain.
Wholesome foods that contain the goodness of whole grain are rich in dietary fiber and essential micronutrients. It can help you to manage your weight and improve your overall health including your digestion. So say goodbye to white bread, white rice and pasta, and choose whole grain bread, brown or wild rice, wholegrain pasta and quinoa instead.
- Ditch mayo, choose Greek yogurt instead.
Mayonnaise from supermarkets is usually made from low quality vegetable oils that may negatively affect your health. Greek yogurt is thick, creamy and so tasty and it’s packed with probiotics, which are live bacteria, that help keep your gut healthy. For better taste, add smashed garlic cloves, lemon juice and fresh chopped herbs.
- Go for a healthier version of french fries.
Instead of traditional french fries prepare your own from sweet potatoes. You will avoid consuming low quality vegetable oil, save calories and taste delicious.
- Switch trans-fats (margarine and butter) to avocado.
Avocado is a healthy a alternative to butter or margarine which contain unhealthy, trans-fatty acids. Just spread avocado on your toast or use it for your baking. As an inspiration, try these two amazing recipes – cacao and coconut bread or chocolate cake.
- Ditch soft drinks.
Soft drinks have a high level of refined sugar and other artificial flavors and additives. So choose water with ice cubes, a slice of lemon, lime or orange, berries or mint leaves. It’s so refreshing and you will save your health and calories.
- Make your own granola.
Commercial cereals, usually advertised as a healthy breakfast, are very high in refined sugar and salt. The best way to prepare a sweet, nutritious and healthy breakfast is make your own. Simply put some natural oats with your favorite milk (dairy free alternatives are almond or coconut milks) or yogurt in a bowl, add fresh chopped fruit (berries, banana, pineapple etc.) or dried fruit (apricots, sultanas or cranberries, shredded coconut), raw unsalted nuts, a drizzle of maple syrup or honey, or sprinkle it with cinnamon and enjoy. Homemade bircher muesli or granola are also delicious. Yummy!
- Swap your sweets to chocolate with 80% and more cacao.
The cacao is rich in antioxidants and minerals such as iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, copper and calcium. It boosts your mood, protects your nervous system and reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases. So enjoy dark or homemade chocolate in moderation as a healthy treat.
- Healthy evening snacks.
Can’t you give up your evening nibbles? A late night snack of unhealthy food is not good for your health or your body. Substitute the potato chips with something healthier such as raw nuts, kale chips or veggie sticks with hummus or avocado dip.