Sometimes the little things count the most, especially when it comes to food. Eating one healthy meal won't drastically improve your blood pressure or lower your cholesterol, but making little changes over time can really add up. Here are six healthy food swaps to add your to daily routine:
While ranch isn't the worst thing you can put on your veggies (it's actually good to eat vegetables with some fat so you can better digest all the vitamins,) it's certainly not the best. Ranch often has a lot of artificial ingredients and added sugars. Hummus is a healthy substitute not only because of the healthy fats it contains, but also because it has protein instead of added sugars.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a Larabar instead of a candy bar.
If you're craving something sweet, try reaching for a Larabar. They're made with dried fruits and nuts, which will satisfy your sweet tooth without the artificial ingredients and high fructose corn syrup.
Put avocado on your salad instead of dressing.
Along the same lines of substituting hummus for ranch, using avocado on your salad instead of salad dressing is a great idea because you trade in artificial ingredients and added sugar for healthy fats to help you digest the nutrients in your salad.
Snack on almonds instead of chips and crackers.
If you're craving something salty, try some salted almonds. They contain healthy fats, protein and fiber, which will keep you fuller for longer.
Swap your burger bun for lettuce.
If you go to In 'n' Out or Five Guys and ask for your burger "protein style," they will wrap your burger in lettuce. Not only is this option gluten free, it also helps you avoid the preservatives and white flour in the bun (even though it's a bit messier...)
Eat dark, not milk chocolate.
If you're craving chocolate, one of the best things to eat is dark chocolate. It is a lot more nutritious than milk chocolate, and usually has less added junk.