I’m the queen of healthy food swaps. In fact, I can barely follow a recipe without tweaking it for added nutrients. And the best part: you don’t even notice the difference. From cooking made healthier to more nutritious food switcheroos, follow these easy food swaps for a healthier you…
SWAP Iceberg Lettuce FOR Spinach or Kale
BENEFITS Not all greens are created equal. The rule of thumb is simple: the darker the green, the more nutrients. Spinach and kale deliver WAY more healthy vitamins and antioxidants than their paler counterpart.
RECIPE: Greens N’ Noodles from My New Roots
SWAP Couscous FOR Quinoa
BENEFITS Quinoa is a protein powerhouse compared to grains like quinoa and rice. It contains all the essential amino acids, and is especially high in lysine for tissue growth and repair (just what you need post-workout).
RECIPE: Green Bean + Black Quinoa Salad from Sprouted Kitchen
SWAP Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal FOR Steel-Cut Oats
BENEFITS Steel-cut oats are less processed (more fiber!) so they’ll make you feel full longer. Top with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon which adds natural sweetness and helps keep blood sugar levels stable to cut down on cravings.
RECIPE Make-Ahead Steel Cut Oatmeal from Oh She Glows
SWAP Nonfat Blueberry Yogurt FOR Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt with fresh fruit
BENEFITS Greek yogurt has almost double the protein of traditional (protein can help you lose weight) and way less added sugar than the fruit-on-the-bottom stuff. Add fresh berries, sliced peaches or pineapple for natural sweetness and antioxidants.
RECIPE Healthy Deviled Eggs with Greek yogurt from fANNEtastic Food