There are a few food groups we all know are not healthy for you. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that eating a steady diet of pasta won’t help you keep a fit figure. However, did you know that for those ‘unhealthy’ foods, there are healthy alternatives? Check out these 5 alternatives that will actually work WITH you on a fit, lean body rather than oppose you!
1. Spaghetti Squash vs. Pasta
If you eat spaghetti just once a week, you will be saving 2.5 pounds of weight loss over a year. Substituting spaghetti squash over pasta saves 179 calories. Not to mention the added benefits of squash, you will be gaining vitamin A, B, C, E and K. It also provides zinc, copper, manganese, selenium and calcium.
2. Greek Yogurt vs. Sour Cream
Sour cream is one of those 8th wonders of the world; creamy, smooth and rich, it makes everything taste better. It also makes everything a little bit fatter. Greek yogurt is a great alternative, offering less fat and more protein. You won’t be able to tell a difference in baking recipes, in addition to extra protein as a potato and soup topper!
3. Steel Cut Oatmeal vs. Granola
Typically, granola is loaded with sugar. Opt for steel cut oats, which are rich in fiber, low in sugar and fills your tummy for hours!
4. Sweet Potato Fries vs. French Fries
Although potatoes are vegetables, they don’t have the nutrition content that sweet potatoes contain. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin B6 and potassium, among other essential daily vitamins. They are an excellent source of energy for the day, as the good sugars are released slowly into the bloodstream, while keeping blood sugar levels balanced at same time.
5. Coconut Oil vs. Canola Oil
Although coconut oil is a fat, it’s a healthy fat which actually helps you burn more fat and increase energy by as much as 5%! Canola oil is high in fat, and is one of the highest food items containing GMO’s.
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