Healthy Swaps for the New Year

Healthy Swaps for the New Year

A new year means a new opportunity to make some positive changes to your lifestyle and be healthier in 2017. The good news is you don’t have to invest in any major overhauls or make significant sacrifices in order to achieve this resolution. In fact, combined with a healthy lifestyle, there are a few simple and painless food swaps that you can implement in your diet that will get you on the right track and have you looking and feeling better in no time.

Switch pasta for spaghetti squash or spiralized zucchini. Most of us love pasta, but unfortunately, with such a high level of carbs and so many extra calories, it’s not always the best thing for our diets. You can easily cut these carbs and calories by substituting your favorite pasta with spaghetti squash or using a spiralizing tool to prepare zucchini in the same shape and size as traditional pasta. Simply top with your favorite sauce and enjoy!

Substitute cauliflower for potatoes. Nothing says comfort food quite like mashed potatoes. Unfortunately, this popular side dish is less than healthy – especially for those of us watching our carb intake. Mashed cauliflower is a great alternative because not only does it mimic the rich, creamy taste of traditional potatoes, but it also matches the texture. Chances are you won’t even notice the difference.

Swap out French fries for their sweeter, healthier alternative. Rather than fries made from traditional white potatoes, sweet potatoes make a great substitute. They’re also tastier and much better for you, especially when they’re baked and not fried. And since many more restaurants are beginning to offer this healthier side dish option, it’s never been easier to make better food choices.

Use riced veggies in place of white rice. Another tasty food favorite that’s also high in unnecessary carbs is white rice. The good news is you don’t have to live a rice-free existence to be healthier. In fact, with many different types of riced veggies, including cauliflower, carrots and broccoli, you can enjoy all of your favorite rice recipes or have additional creative and delicious side dish options without any of the guilt.

Replace cow’s milk with nut-based milk. Even if you’re not lactose intolerant, cow’s milk can often be linked to a number of unpleasant side effects, including indigestion and upset stomach. Thankfully, there’s an equally creamy and tasty alternative that is lactose-free and eliminates the potential side effects of dairy. Try substituting your regular milk with a nut-based milk product, such as almond or coconut milk.

January is a great time to make the necessary changes that will lead to a happier, healthier lifestyle, and the five easy switches listed here should make doing so easier (and tastier) than ever!