If we lived in a dream world then I’m sure we’d all be pretty happy filling our tummies with delicious slices of cake whilst still having that dream Instagram body right? Sadly, mother nature isn’t always on our side and what we put in our mouths has a big impact on not only how we look, but how we feel too.
Keeping things balanced is, of course, the way to go and everything in moderation is the key to a happy and healthy lifestyle. Healthy eating doesn’t mean you need to compromise on taste and these food swaps are not only nutritious but pretty blooming delicious too.
So let’s delve into the food swaps that will keep you happy and healthy!
Filled with Beta-Carotene (vitamin A), sweet potatoes are full of fibre and tasty too. Loaded with potassium and magnesium which both lower blood pressure, the calcium also helps to promote healthy bones. Sweet potatoes are also lower in calories and carbs than normal potatoes, and some would even say more delicious too.
How to eat:
Simply swap out your usual potato for a sweet potato instead. Sweet potato hash is a favourite for many when combined with kale and egg, you’ve got yourself a nutritional brunch feast.
Peanut, almond, cashew, hazelnut or walnut, the list goes on and on when it comes to delicious nut butter flavours. Don’t get pulled in by the sugary versions that are filled with processed ingredients, instead look to wholesome nut butters which contain a healthy dose of protein and good fats. Cardiff Sports Nutrition have a huge range of nut butters with everything from red velvet to salted caramel flavours – yum!
How to eat:
Slice up an apple, top with nut butter and a sprinkling of cinnamon for a tasty sweet but healthy treat.
Many grains come and go when it comes to superfoods but quinoa has stood the test of time and containing oodles of protein and all nine amino acids, you’re seriously missing out if you don’t add this to your diet. Containing twice as much fiber as other grains, fiber helps to lower cholesterol and glucose levels. Plus, it keeps you fuller for longer.
How to eat:
Quinoa is a super versatile grain and can be even used for breakfast, yes really! Swap out your usual porridge oats and make as normal. Quinoa is also great to bulk out salads, casseroles and soups too.
Almond milk is one of the best dairy-free alternatives on the supermarket shelves and is rich in vitamins and contains vitamin E which is essential to skin health. The fiber in almond milk aids digestion and you can make it yourself at home as well. Simply combine almonds and water, whizz it up in a blender and strain to leave a smooth liquid.
How to Eat:
It’s creamy texture lends itself well to a host of recipes, instead of your usual dairy milk, use almond milk as a substitute with everything from cereals, cakes and smoothies.
There are times when only chocolate will satisfy those sweet food cravings, but if you’re going to have a chocolatey treat then at least make it dark chocolate as it’s packed with antioxidants. Dark chocolate is rich tasting, so you’ll usually find that a couple of squares will be enough.
How to Eat:
Just like you would any other chocolate, but look for dark chocolate that’s at least 60% to 70% cocoa for the full benefits.
So, there you have it some food swaps that don’t compromise on taste and can be easily slotted into your existing diet!