Healthy and Easy Food Substitutions

Sometimes switching out simple ingredients for something else can make all the difference in calories, but not necessarily in taste. You need your mid day meal to help push you through the rest of your working day, and if you choose the right foods, you will feel more energized, refreshed and healthy.  Try these quick and easy substitutions to make you lunch just that much healthier.

Instead of white pasta and bread, swap it out for the multigrain version. It will lower your carbohydrate intake while your body also gets the healthy whole grains.

Instead of a dessert with your lunch, get in the habit of eating some fruit instead. Berries, oranges, and other fruits will do the job of satisfying any sweet cravings.

If you are bringing a salad to work for lunch, replace your croutons with nuts or seeds. Same thing if you are putting granola on yogurt; instead of the sugary packaged stuff, try using walnuts or almonds instead.

You can use mashed bananas to replace the fats in your recipes. One cup of mashed banana works great to replace 1 cup of butter or oil. Banana is also full of potassium, fiber and vitamin B6.

If you are one of those people who tend to skip breakfast, or eat a quick bowl of cereal, try swapping sugary cereals for more filling foods like oatmeal or eggs. Both can be made relatively quickly, and are much more filling in addition to providing a better start for the day.

If you are making a recipe that calls for mayo or sour cream, try using non-fat Greek yogurt instead. The consistency is the same, but it has less fast and calories then mayo or sour cream, while also adding an extra amount of protein.

Love rice? Try quinoa instead. It’s much healthier and full of protein, but also tastes great.

To get all the foods you need to start adopting healthier eating habits, visit Commisso’s Fresh Foods. Located at 6161 Thorold Stone Road, Niagara Falls.