Friday, November 7, 2008

Healthy Food Swaps (Breakfast)


Here are some smart substitutions that will help you look better, feel better and slim down, too!
Healthy eating doesn't have to mean overhauling your diet. Try this easy, healthy swaps!

Instead of Cinnamon raisin bagel TRY 2 mini-cinnamom raisin bagels
Trading volume for quantity makes you feel like you're eating more, so you'll never even notice that you've nixed 181 calories!

Instead of Nonfat strawberry yogurt TRY nonfast greek yogurt with sliced fresh strawberries
Creamy greek style yogurt has nearly twice the protein of traditional yogurt; fresh berries add antioxidants

Instead of breakfast quesadilla with eggs, black beans, cheddar and bacon TRY egg, cheese and bacon on an english muffin
You'll zap 290 calories and 17 fat grams

Instead of 4 french toast sticks TRY whole grain waffles
Choosing the light, airy waffles will save you 202 calories and add fiber

Instead of apple cinnamon instant oatmeal TRY steel cut oats with 1/4 cup fresh chopped apples and a dash of cinnamon
You'll still get that apple cinnamon taste, but you'll feel full longer---less processed oats take longer to digest

Instead of cottage cheese (1% fat) with sliced bananas TRY part skim ricotta cheese with sliced bananas
You'll get two and a half times more calcium

Instead of english muffin with 1 Tbsp lowfat cream cheese TRY whole wheat english muffin with 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter
Yes you'll gain a few calories and some fat, but the fat is the "good" kind and you'll eat less in the long run. The combo of complex carbs and a little healthy fat keeps your blood sugar on an even keel so you'll stay fuller longer.

Instead of corn flake cereal TRY bran flake cereal with raisins
Just 1 cup provides you with about a quarter of the fiber you need in a day. (corn flake cereal, on the other hand, has hardly any)

I will have lunch swaps tomorrow!

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