Living a healthy lifestyle is a big struggle for a lot of people, myself included. While I always believe we should be love the skin we're in and never try to change it for anyone but ourselves, making an effort to better yourself is never a bad thing.
Eating healthy and getting fit isn't about trying fad diets and running on the treadmill for hours everyday, it's about finding a healthy lifestyle that you can maintain in your daily life.
Finding a healthy and balanced lifestyle doesn't happen over night though. As much as we all wish we could start eating more veggies, lean meats and avoiding all junk food tomorrow it's just not realistic. Start by swapping out some of your unhealthy habits slowly and before you know it you'll be a much happier and healthier you!
Swap Pasta for Veggie Noodles
Switching regular pasta to veggie noodles like zucchini or squash is a great way to be able to eat a larger amount of food while keeping your calories low. 1 cup of regular pasta is around 210 calories and 40 grams of carbs vs 1 cup of veggie noodles which is only around 30 calories and about 6 grams of carbs! So you can eat 4 cups of zoodles and only consume 160 calories which is such a huge difference.
Swap a Burrito for a Burrito Bowl
Somewhere like Chipotle is a super easy and convenient choice when you don't feel like cooking. While burritos are delicious, swapping it for the burrito bowl is a super easy fix that will save you tons of extra calories and will still taste virtually the same! In that tortilla is around 320 calories and 50 grams of processed carbs which you just don't need.
Swap a Candy Bar for Dark Chocolate
This is a pretty simple and straight forward swap to make in your daily life. We all know living life without chocolate is just impossible and treating yourself is always smart but taking out the candy bar with tons of calories and sugar and adding in dark chocolate instead would be way better for you. A regular candy bar has over 200 calories and 24 g of sugar while only 2 squares of a typical dark chocolate bar has only 140 calories and 4 g of sugar!
Swap White Bread for Ezekiel Bread
We've been hearing for so long now how bad white bread is for you because it's basically completely processed. The ingredient list in white Wonder Bread is so long and includes things like bleached flour and added sugars which is just not supposed to be in your bread. Ezekiel bread on the other hand is barely processed, has tons of fibre and is full of organic ingredients which is a great option if you're trying to eat healthier!
Swap Sour Cream for Guacamole
If you're eating something like tacos of fajitas for dinner you'll definitely want to add some sour cream on top. Instead, swap it out for guacamole which is so much better for you. Sour cream adds about 40 calories and 6 g of fat but it doesn't have any fibre or nutritional benefits. Guacamole adds antioxidants, fibre, potassium and other benefits!
Swap Diet Soda for Kombucha
A lot of people assume diet soda is better than regular soda because it has 0 calories, it's actually not that good for you. Studies on aspartame show an increase in cancer, worsened diabetes, brain and nervous system problems and more. If you swap it out for the all-natural kombucha which is a fermented tea you'll get great benefits like probiotics added into your system!
Swap Coffee Cream for Coconut Oil
I know how difficult it can be to commit to drinking your coffee black. Drinking your coffee with milk and cream adds tons of unnecessary ingredients in and added sugars. If you can't drink your coffee black but what to find a healthier alternative try adding 0.5-1 tbsp of coconut oil into a blender to make it creamy and you can even add in some stevia for a healthier sweetener as well!
Swap Chips for Air Popped Popcorn
Chips can be super addictive when you're really craving a snack during the day. A tiny handful of around 10 chips has around 150 calories, 9 g of fat and 16 g of carbs and all kinds of oil fillers. If you swap it out for popcorn you can enjoy 3 whole cups with only 93 calories! You can also add a bit of butter and salt if you like some extra flavour.
Swap Candies for Fresh Berries
Candy is another one of those foods that you'll crave if you have a sweet tooth, most likely after dinner for dessert. If you can't go without eating something sweet at least once a day, fruit is a great way to go. Candy has tons of processed sugar and food dyes which aren't good for you at all but fruit is all natural sugars!
Swap a Bagel for Rice Cakes
While bagels are a classic on-the-go breakfast item that you can get at almost any cafe, they're not a great option if you're trying to eat healthier. Some bagels have tons of unnecessary ingredients and even added sugar which is never good. If you swap them out for rice cakes you'll have a light snack that can be topped with anything from peanut butter and berries to guacamole and tomatoes! Plus they only have 2 ingredients: rice and salt.
Swap Cereal for Oatmeal
We all know how terrible sugary cereals like Fruit Loops, Frosted Flakes and Cheerios. Oatmeal has tons of health benefits like improving blood sugar control and other heart-healthy benefits. Instead of adding any sugar to your oatmeal use cinnamon and fruit to keep it natural or a tiny bit of maple syrup.
Swap Iceburg Lettuce for Spinach
This may not be an obvious one to most people because how could lettuce be bad for you right? Well, it's not really but it doesn't do anything good for you either. Spinach on the other hand is packed with vitamins A, K, Calcium and Iron! You can make salads with it, throw it in your smoothies, pasta, stir fries and literally anything really.