6 Brilliant Diet Swaps
Eating healthier doesn't have to mean overhauling your diet. Making simple adjustments to the meals you eat every day can be an even better way to reach your wellness or weight-loss goals.
Making, and keeping, small diet changes can help you feel successful so you're motivated to do more over time. And even easier than subtracting things from your diet: replacing one or two of your less nutritious go-to foods with better-for-you ones. Here are some trades to try:
Instead of mayo … try mustard
Mayo and mustard are both classic sandwich toppers. That's where the similarities end, though. Mayo supplies a lot of calories — one tablespoon has nearly 100 calories — and not much in the way of valuable nutrients.
Instead of pretzels … try popcorn
The clear winner when you've got the munchies is homemade popcorn. Air-popped popcorn is a high-volume food with only around 120 calories per 4-cup serving, meaning you get a plentiful snack.
Instead of a flavored latte … try a plain one
Keep the latte; skip the flavored syrup. You'll get the same creamy mouthfeel and warmth with none of the added sugar. For subtle sugar-free sweetness, try adding a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg instead.
Instead of sour cream … try Greek yogurt
Full-fat Greek yogurt has a similar flavor to sour cream, but 100 fewer calories and half the saturated fat per serving. It's also a better source of bone-building calcium and blood pressure–lowering potassium than sour cream.
Instead of granola … try fiber cereal
For a similar crunch with far less sugar, nearly 100 fewer calories per serving, and more fiber, you can opt for a bowl of a high-fiber cereal like All-Bran.
Instead of rice … try cauliflower rice
No, uber-trendy riced cauliflower is not a doppelganger for white rice. But it comes pretty darn close. There are a number of reasons those bags in the produce section and the freezer at your supermarket are worth a try.
Instead of ground beef … try a mix of beef and mushrooms
You may not be open to trading your regular burger for a veggie version. But you can cut back on the amount of red meat you're eating by replacing up to half the ground beef in your recipe with chopped raw or roasted mushrooms