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Are you struggling to lose weight before a big event? Have you recently been diagnosed with diabetes or celiac disease? If you’re facing a lifetime of dietary restrictions, don’t throw out the contents of your fridge just yet. Here are seven healthy swaps that you can make for junk foods and bad ingredients.
1. Macadamia Nut Oil
If you love the taste of butter but hate all the health hazards that come with it, switch to macadamia nut oil. It has a much better fat ratio and can be added to meats, veggies and stir fry dishes alike.
2. Almond Flour
If you’re avoiding gluten, this is the product for you. Almond flour is the organic, low-carb and all-natural substitute for white flour. It even offers a healthy serving of the good fatty acids!
3. Agar Powder
The next time you’re baking cookies, pass up the eggs and use agar powder instead. It will thicken the batter just as much as traditional ingredients, but as an extract of marine red algae, it’s much more nutritious.
Say goodbye to sugar when you have erythritol. It offers the same sweet taste but without any of the chemicals or additives found in table sugar, making it a tasty and healthy addition to your tea.
5. Amaranth Grain
Amaranth grain is one of the few plants that offers a complete set of amino acids in every serving. It’s a great source of fiber and protein for vegetarians, and it’s also low in sugar, carbs and saturated fats.
Fructose gets a bad reputation because of high fructose corn syrup, but when used in moderation, it’s a harmless sugar substitute that can be found naturally in everything from honey to tree fruits.
7. Soy Milk
For the mornings when you just can’t resist a dash of dairy in your coffee, use soy milk instead of cow’s milk. It has no cholesterol, no saturated fat and a very low sugar content. It will give you the taste and flavor that you crave without any of the drawbacks of real dairy.
These are just seven ways to work around a restrictive diet. Reject the idea that you have to give up your favorite foods to eat healthier: With a few substitutes and a little imagination, you can enjoy absolutely anything on the pyramid!
Check out the below Infographic, provided by Now Foods, for more on healthy alternatives you can incorporate into your meals.
I’m always looking for ways to make our diet more healthy. Thanks for the great tips!
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