With the long, lazy days of summer behind us, now is a great time to reflect on your daily eating habits and reassess your food choices to get back to healthy (and heart friendly) eating. I have listed some healthy swaps that will help you get you back to your healthy lifestyle, so here’s some easy, delicious, and healthy swaps that your heart (and waistline) will thank you for…
1. Swap Butter For Avocado
Avocados healthy fats make a creamy, heart-healthy spread for your morning toast or a replacement in baking recipes.
2. Choose Whole Grains Over Refined
Opt for whole-grain bread, pasta, and rice to boost fiber intake and support heart health.
3. Choose Dark Chocolate Instead Of Milk Chocolate
Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and has less sugar. Satisfy your sweet tooth while being kind to your heart.
4. Replace Sour Cream With Plain Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is lower in saturated fat and higher in protein, making it a smart swap in dips and dressings.
5. Use Olive Oil Instead Of Butter Or Lard
Olive oil is a Mediterranean gem, packed with monounsaturated fats that promote good heart health.
6. Swap Soda For Sparkling Water
Ditch sugary sodas for a refreshing glass of sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon or lime. It’s a bubbly refresher without the added sugar.
7. Opt For Baked Over Fried
Choose baked or grilled options when dining out or cooking at home. It cuts down on unhealthy fats while keeping the flavor.
8. Snack On Nuts & Seeds Instead Of Chips
Reach for a handful of unsalted or lightly seasoned nuts and seeds for a heart-healthy salty snack loaded with good fats and protein.
9. Season with Herbs, Not Salt
Reduce sodium intake by using fresh or dried herbs and spices to flavor your dishes.
10. Drink Herbal Tea Instead Of Sugary Drinks
Swap sugary beverages for iced or hot herbal teas. It’s a tasty way to stay hydrated without the added sugar.
What are your favorite healthy swaps? Share your go-to tips in the comments below and until Wednesday, be happy, healthy, and beautiful!