Unhealthy Food Alternatives

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I like to think in terms of trade-offs instead of eliminations. For example maybe you love chocolate and you always choose a milk chocolate, well, how about trying a dark (70% cacao or higher) chocolate instead. You are gaga for pasta? A great alternative is using spaghetti squash in place of noodles. Do you hanker for French fries? Try baking up some sliced sweet potatoes instead. Do always have a sandwich for lunch? Try wrapping your sandwich in lettuce leaves instead of bread; you probably won’t miss the bread at all! Maybe you enjoy salad but are used to eating iceberg lettuce, throw in a handful of spinach and a sprinkle of nuts or seeds too. Instead of that late afternoon latte, opt for a steaming mug of green tea.

A good way to get a lot of healthy “bang for your buck” is to drink a nutrition rich protein shake for breakfast.  You can “hide” a lot of nutritious food in a smoothie. Start with almond milk, rice milk or other dairy alternatives, add a good quality protein powder, throw in some spinach, berries, almond or peanut butter and maybe some flax seeds and you’ve created a delicious, healthy start to your day!

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