There’s a problem with most “eat this instead” food advice. While the swaps are usually better for you than the originals, they often don’t taste very good. And let’s face it, it doesn’t matter how healthy a food is if you don’t want to eat it.
That’s why we’ve lined up our favorite DELICIOUS supermarket swaps that aren’t just healthier, you’ll be happy to eat them too.
1. Swap out a breakfast sandwich for a muffin tin frittata:
We get it, the convenience of breakfast sandwiches is hard to beat. They’re perfectly portable so they’re great when you find yourself in a rush, but still want something warm to start the day.
But the reality is they’re not very healthy. Store bought breakfast sandwiches are highly processed, packed with preservatives and overflowing with empty carbs. Why not swap out your breakfast sandwich for an equally portable, but far healthier, muffin tin frittata instead?
You can make a whole work weeks’ worth on the weekend, and just heat one up each morning. Whisk three eggs and two ounces of milk together. Toss in your choice of veggies, a sprinkle of cheese and a dash of salt and pepper. Divide evenly into a greased muffin tin. Bake at 350 for around 20 minutes, and then allow to cool on a rack. In the morning pop a frittata into the microwave for about 30 seconds to reheat.
2. Swap out mayonnaise for avocado:
Most store bought mayonnaise is made with harmful soybean or vegetable oil, and can contain unwanted preservatives. Some even have added sugar.
You can make your own homemade mayo, but an even easier option is to swap the mayonnaise for creamy and delicious avocado. Mash up a ripe avocado and mix it into your favorite recipe, such as chicken salad or deviled eggs, in place of the mayonnaise.
Avocado’s subtle flavor won’t overwhelm your dishes, but you still get that creamy feel your recipes call for. And as a bonus you get all the health benefits of avocado.
3. Swap out pretzels for air popped popcorn:
Lots of folks swap out potato chips, and other fried snack foods, for pretzels thinking because they’re baked they’re a healthy choice. But the truth is pretzels are typically made with refined white flour, and are a high carb choice that isn’t nearly as healthy as most people believe.
Organic popcorn, on the other hand, is a whole grain so you get plenty of fiber. Plus popcorn provides B vitamins, manganese, magnesium and antioxidants. For a special treat mist the popcorn with cold-pressed olive oil and sprinkle with your favorite spices.
4. Swap out croutons for nuts:
To add a bit of extra crunch to a salad many folks turn to pre-packaged croutons. But made with processed flours and added preservatives, those little carb bombs can turn your healthy salad into a nutritional train wreck.
Instead of topping your salad with dried bread why not sprinkle in some nuts? Pecans, almonds or walnuts add a delicious crunch to any salad. But even more importantly, this supermarket swap provides extra protein, healthy fats and powerful free-radical fighting antioxidants, making them a far healthier choice than croutons.
5. Swap out a candy bar for a dark chocolate filled strawberry:
If you think a healthy diet means you’ve got to give up dessert we’ve got great news. Dark chocolate isn’t just delicious, it can be good for you too.
While traditional candy bars are packed with inflammation-triggering added sugars, dark chocolate is an excellent source of disease-fighting antioxidants, flavonoids and micronutrients. Research has even revealed dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, while boosting brain power.
Anywhere from an ounce to an ounce and a half of dark chocolate per day can be a healthy part of almost any diet. Instead of having a candy bar, core a cup of strawberries and drop in some organic dark chocolate chips. They’ll satisfy your sweet tooth, while being good for you at the same time.
Eating healthier doesn’t have to be hard to do, or taste bland. By making a few smart supermarket swaps you can have both the flavor, and the health benefits, you crave.