When you’re attempting to live a healthier lifestyle and lose weight, it’s important to remember how much of a role good nutrition plays in helping you to attain those goals and feel better about what you’re putting into your body. One easy place to start is by swapping out some of your everyday foods for healthier alternatives.
We all use oils to cook, and most of the time we reach for a refined vegetable oil like sunflower seed oil or corn oil because those are what are most common in everyone’s kitchen. However, the fats in these types of oils are refined, and should be substituted with a cold pressed oil like extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil.
Some other easy swaps include switching plain supermarket white bread for an artisenal style bread as the production processes allow for a tastier and healthier product. Cereals are a great place to make healthy swaps. Traditional cereals are packed with simple carbs, but by simply switching to something like steel cut oats, you can pack more filling fibers into your diet as well.
If you love to cook with salt, try swapping table salt for rock salt or sea salt. Its comes with trace minerals rather than just straight sodium. And since we all love a good salty snack, if you find yourself looking for something to satisfy those cravings, try reaching for roasted nuts or trail mix. If you prefer a sweet snack, dried fruits are an excellent alternative. If you find yourself reaching for chocolate, try giving raw cacao or cacao nibs a go in anything where you like to have a taste of chocolate.
Another great area to make substitutions is in your drinks. The goal with daily drinks is to stay hydrated, and plain water is great for that. But if you like a little more flavor, try giving a fruit-infused water, herbal tea, or coconut water in their place.
Adding substitutions as a part of your diet can make a huge difference in how healthy and well you feel, and is a great small step toward an overall healthier lifestyle.