We all lived our Keto days, or worse, our bulimia attacks after we finished starving ourselves. However, for Amanda Meixner, a nutrition blogger, this is not the way to eat healthy. She proposed dieting consisting of swapping processed foods high in calories with whole and natural foods.
The bright side found very easy and affordable food exchanges that will help you change the way you eat without having to go through a miserable diet. Its informative and super cool diets will fit in perfectly with your life and you will not even have to give up your favorite foods.
1. Dieting vs eating healthily
Dieting does not necessarily mean starving. This will only make you constantly thinking about eating and possibly eating, and gorging yourself! Instead, feed your body with vegetables, protein, fats and the right amount of carbohydrates that will leave you feeling full.
2. Fast food vs. homemade food
Guilty of eating frozen meals or wraps of food trucks? Change your lunch break routine and start preparing your own meals. Homemade meals are healthier and much cheaper than your nearest fast food restaurant.
3. Flavored yogurt vs. Greek yogurt + fruit
Making small changes in your meals can make huge differences. While the flavored yogurt adds 28g of sugar and 6g of protein, switch to Greek yogurt topped with fresh fruit. You have consumed only 9 g of sugar and 21 g of protein.
4. Store Purchased Jam vs. Berry Puree
Jam purchased directly from grocery store shelves is not just a pot filled with sugar, but also a pot filled with high fructose corn syrup and other preservatives. Swap it with freshly crushed berries and there will be no change in taste with infinite savings on the sugar consumed.
5. Agave vs maple syrup / honey
6. Chips vs Popcorn
You may think that trading your bag of chips or Doritos with a bowl of popcorn would not change anything at your movie night, but guess what? A handful of potato chips contains 50 calories, 9 grams of fat, 16 grams of carbohydrates and is highly processed. Popcorn instead only contains 93 calories and is nothing but popcorn!
7. Frappuccino vs coffee + coconut milk
Every big mocha you swallow to wake up contains 400 calories with 61g of sugar, recently reduced to around 49g. However, do not worry! You can always have your coffee, but this time, use coconut milk containing only 25 calories and 2 g of sugar to win the day.
8. Burger vs Burger without bun
It's perfectly ok to go for a hamburger. Just skip the bread and have a lettuce milk instead and you've saved 18 grams of carbohydrates.
9. Correct meal portions versus portions worthy of Instagram
Of course, go ahead and take the picture of your beautiful bowl of oats and fruits. However, be sure to eat the right portions, even if it is very healthy.
10. Weight loss diet vs healthy diet
Losing weight does not mean you eat less or you offer peanuts. Here is a small portion of a low-calorie diet that is boring, tasteless and will probably tempt you to overeat a few months later, compared to an equally attractive, healthier and more sustainable meal.
11. Fresh Foods vs. Frozen Foods
Studies show that there is a negligible nutritional difference between fresh and frozen foods. Frozen vegetables are cheaper and could have a higher nutritional value since they are picked at maturity and frozen immediately.
12. Brownies bought at the store vs. homemade brownies
Staying on a weight loss diet does not mean that you miss anything that is sweet. Replace the white flour with coconut flour and your homemade brownies will gain in fiber and sugar.
13. Calorie dense food vs. bulk food
You should not calculate calories based on the appearance of your meals. Bananas can give the impression that you have not had anything and yet these toddlers have calories equal to 400 g of watermelon.
14. Candy vs. dark chocolate
Take care of your cravings to eat at midnight by replacing your chocolate bars with dark chocolate. You have just saved 20g of sugar that your body should try to burn during your sleep.
15. Chocolate vs Real cacao
The chocolate you sprinkle generously on your cappuccino contains only 20% cocoa and 75 g sugar. Real cocoa is actually the healthiest part of chocolate and only adds 0.5 g of sugar to your drink.
16. Protein dumplings vs eggs
You would need to eat 5 balls of commercial protein to match a single egg, the ball of protein from nature. And guess what, the egg only contains 78 calories!
17. biscuits vs homemade cookie dough
Choose wisely your treats. Packaged cookie dough or cookies contain many ingredients and processed sugar. On the other hand, homemade cookie dough contains only 50 calories and requires only 5 ingredients.
18. random snack vs. real meal
Filling your belly with a handful of nuts would add a lot more calories than a well prepared meal. Choose your meal based on its holistic values, not just calories.
19. Breakfast cereals vs hearty
Take your breakfast seriously, even if you are late! Swap your fruit baskets or cereals with a low-calorie, high-fiber food dish. Adding fruit, a low sugar protein shake or Greek yogurt, you'll be full and ready for the day.
20. Coffee at the bulletproof vs good breakfast
Bulletproof coffee adds 2 tbsp. 1 tablespoon herb-fed butter and 1 tbsp. To soup of coconut oil in your morning routine. Instead, prepare a nice breakfast with spinach, boiled eggs and avocado. You will have a healthy dinner without compromising your diet.
Are you looking forward to trying these food exchanges immediately? Do you have your own ways to replace your favorite unhealthy snacks? Share with us in the comments below!