10 easy whole food swaps to eat healthier

 

So I figured out my daily eats week after week are kind of boring………I basically eat the same thing for lunch every day and my breakfasts have stayed the same so today for WIAW (thanks to Jenn for hosting! I love looking through the link up!) I’m doing something a little different….

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Sometimes, since people know that I am into eating healthy, they randomly ask me “how can I start eating better” or “what should I eat to be healthy”. Kind of a loaded question…..I don’t really know where to start. But I do know that some of the stuff I’ve been doing for awhile sometimes peaks interest from people. There is so much diet nonsense out there, no wonder no ones knows where to start. Here’s 10 simple swaps you can make now to clean up your diet:

1) Use coconut oil instead of butter, spray and seed oils.

coconut oil

I use coconut oil for literally EVERYTHING. I used to be one that would use Pam spray for cooking…but now I melt it to roast veggies, throw a dollop in to saute, or just use it in place of anything that needs a fat or butter. I think the #1 thing you should STOP eating right now if you want to be healthier is vegetable and seed oils. GAHHH so gross, toxic and bad for you. No reason to have them in your life. Coconut oil can be used for everything. It’s super healthy and there are brands that don’t taste coconutty. I prefer the coconut taste, however and I use this Swanson vitamins brand.

 

2) Ditch white potatoes for plantains or sweet potatoes.

Plantain Chips

White potatoes hardly have any flavor..not to mention they’re lacking in nutrients. Not saying they’re the devil or anything but I am obsessed with plantains as my go-to carb. There’s nothing wrong with carbs especially if you’re active. I prefer ones that are delicious, since I love food. Not to mention packed with vitamins. Try plantain fries!

 

4) Cauliflower “rice” for regular rice.

Dirty Cauliflower rice

Again, white rice isn’t the devil or anything, but it’s like a gateway food for me. I could house an entire boil in a bag packet myself when I was younger. So cauliflower gives the same texture, and is mostly tasteless, without the “no brakes” mentality for me.

Try my curried cauliflower “dirty” rice.

 

5) Snack on nuts instead of chips.

This is  no brainer…nuts are great for you. It’s easy to go overboard though so make sure you watch your portions.

6) Carrot or Parsnip fries instead of regular French fries

Curry Roasted Parsnip Fries 2

I’m more or less obsessed with making carrot fries or parsnip fries. I make them at least once a week. Again, more nutrients and tastier than a regular white potato fry!

Curry Parsnip fries

Spicy Carrot Fries

7) Eggs for breakfast instead of cereal

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Cereal= crack that makes you more hungry 7 minutes after you’ve finished eating. Man up and have some protein for breakfast if you’re serious about becoming healthier and cutting back on snacking.

8) Coconut Milk for regular milk

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There’s no need for dairy milk in my life……anytime I need something of a milk-like consistency I use coconut milk. I buy it online in bulk to save money. Coconut is great for you. I buy the BPA organic brand and I use it in my coffee in the morning, in smoothies, curry recipes, egg casseroles, and pretty  much any recipe that might need a milk-like substance.

9) Zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash instead of pasta

zoodles

Yes, we all love pasta. No, it has absolutely nothing to offer me that vegetables and fruit do not. Another gateway food for me. I eat zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash. To be honest I think that pasta used to be my favorite food but I don’t miss it at all.

10) Flavored oil and vinegar instead of pre-made salad dressing

oliveoil

Not only do you save money by buying straight up oil and vinegar instead of sugar-laden processed varieties, but it’s a lot healthier. I sometimes use cheap, bulk vinegar or if I’m lucky enough to have some Olive a Sudden flavored olive oils I use those.

There you have it! Making all or even some of these swaps could lead you on a path to a healthier lifestyle. None of these are groundbreaking for those of us who have been eating well for a long time, but if you’re just starting out don’t be afraid to try these things.

What one thing do you think you could swap out ASAP!?!?

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10 thoughts on “10 easy whole food swaps to eat healthier

  1. Katie @ Live Half Full

    Some easy swaps I do constantly are Greek Yogurt for Sour Cream on tacos, chili etc, Whole Wheat Pasta and Brown Rice for the white stuff and whipped cream cheese, butter or peanut butter instead of the regular stuff. Small swaps that add up!

    Also, I use a salad plate instead of a dinner plate to keep my portion control in check- it makes a huge difference!
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  2. Diane @ Life of Di.

    Great swaps! I use spaghetti squash instead of spaghetti all the time but I’ve never tried cauliflower in place of rice before. I really want to try this! Also, you’re right about cereal being like crack. It’s not filling and really unsatisfying. I wish a bowl would keep me full but (unfortunately) it never does.
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  3. giselle

    You know I love all these! I actually have been trying to cut back on my nut intake since I’ve been relying on them too much lately. So more fresh veggies, pre-cooked meat or hard boiled eggs!
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