For me, the most difficult part of my fitness journey was always my diet. While there are NO BAD FOODS and you can reach all of your goals while eating your favorite foods in moderation, there are corners that you can cut when you are trying to live a more balanced, healthy lifestyle that still taste GREAT and don’t make you feel like you are missing out. These swaps are easy alternatives for foods that you love.
- Halo Top vs Ice Cream
Ice cream is 100% my guilty pleasure and if I could eat it every day, I probably would. That is why I love this brand. Halo Top makes ice cream that allows you to indulge and satisfy your sweet tooth with absolutely no guilt.
In an entire pint of Halo Top Mint Chocolate Chip Icecream, there are 330 calories and 19 grams of protein. In Ben & Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream, there are 1,080 calories and 100 grams of sugar!
- Zevia vs Soda
I am not a big soda gal, but I love caffeine and I love carbonated drinks and sometimes seltzer water or coffee just doesn’t cut it. So if you are trying to kick your soda habit, I introduce to you… Zevia.
Zevia is zero calorie and naturally flavored and there are a range of options from caffeinated to decaffeinated drinks. Alternatively, one can of coke has 140 calories and 39 grams of sugar.
- Coconut Aminos vs Soy Sauce
I love to make stir fry meals and this alternative has become a staple for me. Coconut aminos taste almost exactly the same as soy sauce, but they have 90 mg of sodium per teaspoon, while traditional soy sauce contains about 280 mg of sodium in the same serving size. Coconut Aminos are sold at pretty much any grocery store, but I pick mine up at Trader Joe’s.
- SmartSweets vs Candy
If you are anything like me and you have a crazy sweet tooth, these will be your saving grace. SmartSweets carries a number of different kinds of gummy snacks but for time’s sake, I’m going to compare my favorite SmartSweet to my favorite sugar packed candy.
50 grams of SmartSweets Peach Rings has 100 calories and 3 grams of sugar (WOW) while Sour Patch Kids have 39 grams of sugar for the same serving size! SmartSweets are also packed with dietary fiber!
- Light Mayo vs Mayo
I eat canned tuna constantly and found that my calorie and fat intake were so high because of mayonnaise. There is nothing wrong with that, but for me personally, I knew I needed to cut back a bit. So rather than using less mayo, I began to use (drumroll please)…… LIGHT MAYO!
Typical mayonnaise has about 180 calories in two tablespoons and 20 grams of fat. Light mayonnaise has 70 calories in two tablespoons and 8 grams of fat. That it a huge difference for a simple, unnoticeable alternative.