Pants feeling a tad too tight? Or is the thought of putting on your swimsuit for that upcoming beach vacation got you feeling down?
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Make every calorie count. Give those last few stubborn pounds the boot with these simple and healthy supermarket swaps.
1. Swap pita chips for red bell pepper slices:
Hummus can be a healthy filling snack, or even a main dish, when you’re trying to lose a little weight without feeling starved. But don’t sabotage your healthy eating efforts by downing your hummus on empty calorie pita chips.
Ten pita chip have approximately 130 calories, but less than one gram of dietary fiber. And with 19 grams of carbs and almost zero whole grains, you’re really eating little more than refined flour.
A red bell pepper on the other hand is just around 37 calories and delivers 2.5 grams of healthy fiber. Plus you’ll be getting an incredible 154 milligrams of the powerful antioxidant vitamin C, around 25 percent of your daily recommended intake of vitamin A, and a variety of other important vitamins and minerals. As a bonus, red bell peppers also contain metabolism-boosting capsaicin which could help you whittle down your waist a bit faster.
2. Swap granola for steel cut oats:
A lot of folks reach for granola thinking it’s a healthy choice because of its fiber content. But the truth is granola is swimming in sugar. In fact, your average bowl of granola is so packed with the sweet stuff that it’s more like eating a candy bar than a healthy snack.
Just a half a cup of granola starts at 250 calories and only goes up from there. Even worse, granola weighs in at around 38 grams of carbs and 13 grams of damaging added sugars. Any health benefits the oats in the granola could have delivered are far outweighed by the bad.
A half a cup of cooked steel cut oats, on the other hand will run you around 150 to 170 sugar-free calories. And the 29 grams of carbohydrates you’re eating will come entirely from whole grains. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon (and stevia if you have a sweet tooth) and you’ve got a truly healthy breakfast that tastes as good as any granola, but will help you slim down.
3. Swap spaghetti for spaghetti squash:
Most pasta is packed with refined flour, which as far as your body is concerned is essentially eating sugar. One cup of cooked pasta has 220 calories, but a whopping 43 grams of nearly empty carbohydrates with less than two grams of dietary fiber.
Swap that pasta for spaghetti squash instead. Your new cup of “noodles” will run you only 42 calories, but the 10 grams of carbohydrates it brings to the table come with nearly the same amount of dietary fiber. So you end up feeling full and satisfied, and eat less.
4. Swap potato chips for jicama chips:
Some days, nothing will satisfy but a crunchy, salty snack. When those cravings come along don’t destroy your diet with potato chips. Make some baked jicama chips instead.
Jicama (pronounced hee-cama) is a root veggie that looks like a cross between a turnip and a potato, but has a taste that might remind you of an apple. You can usually find them in the produce aisle near the potatoes.
To make your jicama chips…
- peel the jicama and slice it into thin chips
- mist with a little organic, cold-pressed olive oil
- toss with some Himalayan or sea salt
- bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes
- flip halfway through baking time
- share with a friend or two
One ounce of traditional potato chips is 180 calories, 15 grams of carbs and deep fried. One ounce of jicama? Eleven calories and around 2.5 grams of carbs. Plus jicama is an excellent source of vitamin C as well as a good source of iron, magnesium and vitamin B6.
5. Swap cocktails for mocktails:
There’s something about a hot summer night that calls out for a refreshing, cooling cocktail. But between the alcohol and the mixer, you’re looking at a real calorie bomb. Try a watermelon-mint mocktail instead.
- Puree watermelon in the blender.
- Muddle fresh mint in the bottom of a glass.
- Add half a glass of watermelon puree and top off with seltzer or club soda.
- Stir gently and drop in a few ice cubes to chill.
What something less sweet? Brew some green tea with sliced ginger. Let cool and serve over ice.
Although you might be adopting these simple supermarket swaps to effortlessly shed a few pounds don’t be surprised if you decide to make the changes permanent. They’re healthier than the originals, but every bit as delicious.
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