Easy Dietary Swaps That Are Healthy and Will Help You Live Longer
Eating a healthy diet doesn't have to be difficult. Some might think it is a tedious, boring chore, but it is doesn't have to be any different than the way you currently eat. Food will not taste horrible or bland just because it is healthy. I have some super easy dietary swaps you can make in your diet that will lead to a healthier you and allow you to live a longer life. I promise they are easy!
- Use real maple syrup. Fake syrup is loaded with high fructose corn syrup and lots of artificial ingredients. Real maple syrup, while not as nutritious as a fruit or vegetable, is actually good for you. The amazing taste is a nice bonus too.
- Bake with unbleached, whole wheat flour rather than bleached white flour. Bleached white flour has zero nutritional value. Whole wheat is extremely good for you. The swap requires you to do nothing different except buy a different bag of flour than what you were originally planning on buying.
- Eat frozen vegetables. The most nutritious type of vegetable is a frozen one. This might seem odd, but fresh vegetables frequently travel thousands of miles to get to your grocery store. This means they were picked before they were truly ripe and transported by truck to your store. This can take a week or more. They are not as nutritious as veggies allowed to ripen on the vine and each day that goes past before eating the vegetables lose much of their vitamins and minerals. Frozen veggies are typically picked when at the peak of ripeness and frozen within a few hours.
- Eat dark chocolate. This one is almost too easy! Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants that our bodies need. Don't deny your sweet tooth, just eat dark chocolate.
- Eat real fruit instead of canned fruit or processed fruit items. "Fruit snacks" are not real fruit. Many packages say "made with real fruit" and maybe they have a hint of it, but if you read the ingredients it is mostly fake foods and sugar products. Canned fruit is swimming in sugar, which is something we all need less of. Eat a real piece of fruit and you get more vitamins, minerals and fiber in your diet.
- Use brown rice instead of white rice. Foods that are white (sugar, flour, rice, bread, etc) have no nutritional value. Yes they are cheap and filling, but they do nothing for us. Brown rice might take a little longer to cook and some getting used to, but for the nutritional value it will be worth it.
- Stick with real butter. We aren't living in the 1970's anymore. Butter is not the cause of heart disease (in fact margarine is!). Margarine is nothing but fake ingredients. Butter is a real food that has many benefits (vitamins A, D, E and K as well as calcium and protein). If you can get some from local grass fed cows, even better.
- Use sucanat instead of sugar. Sucanat is dehydrated cane sugar juice. Cane sugar does have some nutritional value and the processing required to get sucanat leaves most of this nutritional value intact.
- Eat whole wheat bread instead of white bread. Have you ever heard the saying "The whiter the bread, the quicker you're dead."? Opt for a longer life and eat whole wheat bread.
- Drink water instead of soda. Soda is nothing but fake ingredients that have so much sugar and caffeine in them that we become addicted and dependent. Our bodies are 2/3s water and we need to stay constantly hydrated with water to keep it healthy.