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Simple Substitutions for Your Favorite Meals & Treats

 

This past winter for spring break, I wanted to drop a few pounds for my upcoming spring break cruise. I knew I couldn’t do this with exercise alone, but changing my diet was important as well. I love cooking and baking so I knew it wouldn’t be easy. Instead of completely eliminating my favorite foods from my diet, I found awesome substitutions instead! Even after coming off of the “diet” these lifestyle changes have remained and I easily purchase healthier food often without even thinking about it. Take these tips with you the next time you go grocery shopping and you can’t go wrong!

Mac-n-Cheese: Make whole wheat pasta with a sprinkle of low-fat shredded cheese

Ice Cream: Stick some Greek yogurt in the freezer for a sweet treat that’s already in an appropriate serving

Chips: Low fat saltines with your choice of flavored Laughing Cow Cheese

Soda: Powerade Zeros are sweet, come in many flavors, are zero calories, keep you hydrated, and provide electrolytes

Buffalo Wings: Grill boneless, skinless chicken breasts and dip in Louisiana Wing Sauce

Caffeine Cravings: V8 V-Fusion + Energy Juices have only 50 calories, multiple vitamins and supplements, but 80mg of caffeine

Cheeseburgers: I’ve grown to really like veggie burgers, here are my two favorite combos I’ve come up with: MorningStar Tomato & Basil Pizza Burger with a bit of shredded mozzarella and marinara sauce or MorningStar Black Bean Burger with a sprinkle of shredded pepper jack cheese and salsa both on Aunt Millie’s Slimwhiches  Buns

Chocolate Baked Goods: Fiber One Brownies (I’m addicted!)

 

Here are some more quick, healthy, and delicious snacks to grab instead of those Oreos or Doritos:

Yogurt covered pretzels

Weight Watchers Jalapeno Cheese Sticks

Pico de gallo and chips

Apples dipped in vanilla yogurt

Special K Cereal with Nonfat Milk

Yoplait Light Yogurt

Lightly Buttered Popcorn

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