In our quest for good health sometimes it’s the little things that can make all the difference.
Here are 10 foods that most of us eat regularly that can be swapped for just-as- good- but- much- healthier options.
1. Swap BREAD for SPELT/RYE MOUNTAIN WRAPS
We really don’t need the amount of bread that the average person eats. We are conditioned to toast in the mornings and sandwiches at night and bread rolls for dinner but you will notice such a difference if you cut out the bread. Mountain Bread is so wonderfully versatile. It’s easy to swap your breakfast toast or lunchtime sandwich for a mountain bread wrap and as for the bread rolls at dinner – totally unnecessary GET RID OF THEM!!!
2. Swap OLIVE OR VEGETABLE OILS for COCONUT OIL (for cooking)
I love love love my olive oil in salad dressings or as a marinade, but for cooking coconut oil has amazing health properties and its exquisite nutty flavour adds something extra to your food. I have been using it to cook my bodyism pancakes, my healthy almond meal schnitzel (recipe to come) or even cook up our chicken for the fridge. It adds a delicious zing to my vegetable ratatouille (recipe to come) too. Yum! When taken in moderation it actually assists weight loss and apparently is amazing for your skin and hair.
3. Swap your REGULAR LATTE for a PICCOLO LATTE
Yes it’s not as nice as a big milky coffee, but not as harsh as a straight espresso and drinking milk definitely effects the bloating of our stomachs. This is one habit that is easy (and cheaper) to get into and makes your morning coffee (almost) guilt free. Especially if you drink more than 2 coffees a day make the 2nd and 3rd piccolos if you can’t deal without your latte in the morning.
I’ll also go against the grain here and say that I always drink full cream milk – I believe that skim milk although less in fat is so heavily processed that the body struggles to digest it. Whenever I’ve switched to skim I’ve never noticed a difference on the scales, on the contrary I find myself fuller after full cream so I am less likely to snack …
4. Swap BALSAMIC VINEGAR in your salad dressings for APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple cider vinegar has amazing health benefits like aiding digestion and reducing bloating. It is such a yummy and easy salad dressing to whip up 1 tablespoon olive oil to 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar with some sea salt and cracked pepper.
5. Swap CREAM CHEESE for COTTAGE CHEESE
Cottage cheese IS YOUR FRIEND! It is just as yummy as cream cheese but much higher in protein. Spread it on your mountain bread wrap with chicken, tomato and spinach before toasting, or have it for afternoon tea with some yummy mango or berries and a sprinkle of cinnamon, or spread with avocado on rice cakes (plain of course). Delicious.
6. Swap CHOCOLATE for RAW CHOCOLATE
Good food stores sell raw chocolate – made with coconut or cacoa butter, and agave syrup. It is much richer than chocolate and definitely tastes different but it is a great way to get rid of those sugar/ chocolate cravings and a little goes a loooong way.
7. Swap MARGARINE for ORGANIC BUTTER
Your body doesn’t know what to do with the processed nature of margarine which is completely artificial and laden with nasty trans fats. Much better to use (better tasting anyway) natural organic butter instead – in moderation of course!
8. Swap REGULAR YOGHURT for GREEK YOGHURT
Greek yoghurt has more protein and less carbohydrates than regular yoghurt but so thick and creamy and delicious! It’s very versatile – mix with avocado and fresh lime for an easy guacamole or have with berries as a snack. Use in salad dressings or sauces.
9. Swap FLOUR for ALMOND MEAL
This is trickier than the other swaps because it takes a bit of getting used to but almond meal is a great substitute for flour and much better for our gut. The paleo diet has embraced the use of almond meal and there are many yummy recipes out there. I will be posting a few in the coming weeks.
10. Swap SUGAR/ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS for NATVIA or RAW HONEY
We are starting to realise how terrible sugar is on our bodies but if you really need that sweetness give raw honey or Natvia a go. Natvia is an all natural sweetener made from stevia – so versatile – without the harmful effects of artificial sweeteners.
So as you can see – you don’t have to suffer to be healthy, most of these swaps are far superior in taste than their counterparts!