FIVE EASY FOOD SWAPS FOR A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE
Dark Chocolate VS Milk/White Chocolate
Dark chocolate often has less added sugar, milk, and consequently fat and is therefore, better for you, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. Not only is it lower in sugar and fat, it is also packed with minerals (e.g. Magnesium, iron, zinc) which keep the brain healthy. Dark chocolate unlike milk/white chocolate also contains antioxidants, which can have health benefits.
Oats VS Granola Breakfast Cereal
Often breakfast granola and cereal is packed with added sugar. Added sugars do not keep you full for very long! Therefore, you’re likely to feel hungry short after breakfast, leading to overeating. Too much added sugar in the diet can therefore lead to weight gain, along with other unwanted health risks. On the other hand, oats are full of fibre helping you stay fuller for longer. They are also a great source of vitamin B and E. To keep them tasting yummy try adding healthier sweeteners/flavours to your oats such as honey, peanut butter, fresh fruit, or protein powder for a protein packed breakfast!
Chicken Breast VS Chicken drumsticks
A skinless chicken breast is higher in protein per 100 grams lower in calories per 100 grams and is lower in fat compared to chicken thighs. Therefore, chicken breasts are an easy and healthy swap for your dinners!
Oat Cakes VS Biscuits
Oatcakes are wholegrain and therefore packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals unlike your favourite custard cream. Although they may not taste quite the same, they are a great substitute for biscuits, either as a snack or for your cuppa tea! You can buy sweet oatcakes in flavours such as chocolate, raspberry and coconut. My faves are Nairn’s Oatcakes.
Whole Fruit VS Fruit Juice
Shop bought smoothies and juices are full of unwanted added sugars, which can lead to weight gain and other health problems. Not only this juices often discard the fruits skin and pulp, which contains a lot of the fruits vitamins and nutrients. Whole fruit is also going to fill you up for longer, preventing you from snacking later on.
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