5 Food Swaps to Make Right Now

Everyone knows that fitness starts in the kitchen. What if I told you there are some EASY swaps you can make to start cutting calories and losing weight faster. Well there are, and these are so easy you won’t feel like you’re giving anything up. The key is to find foods that are similar in taste but can save you calories at the same time. "While complete diet makeovers can be overwhelming, focusing on small simple changes makes healthy eating more manageable and sustainable over the long term," says Kelly Pritchett, RD, PhD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. That’s exactly the goal we all want; manageable and sustainable. Here are 5 food substitutes to use today.

1)      Soup

While cream of broccoli or cream of anything is delicious, it comes with more calories and fat. Opt for a chicken vegetable soup instead.

2)      Salad Dressing

Some people use enough ranch to equal the same amount of calories as a hamburger. Did you know that only two tablespoons of ranch has 140 calories and 16 grams of fat. Try using a vinaigrette to save some calories.

3)      Soda

Obviously switch to water if you can. However, there are several great options that aren’t as bad for you as soda. Try flavored sparkling water such as LaCroix or all natural fruit juices.

4)      Ice cream

We all have a sweet tooth, just some of ours are bigger than others. If the cravings hit you, don’t reach for the Ben & Jerry’s. Try yogurt with fruit, or Halo Top Ice cream.

5)      Coffee

No, I am not suggesting we stop drinking coffee. The world might stop turning if that were to happen but try to leave off the Starbucks. Drinking regular coffee with skim milk or a sugar free sweetener can save you hundreds of calories a day.

Think of everything you would normally eat in a day, then see if you can find a healthier alternative. Bagel? Nope, try whole grain toast. Milk? Try almond or coconut milk. Regular noodles? Try noodles made from zucchini. The options are endless. Just by swapping a couple of your regular food items a day, you can save hundreds of calories. It’s not about losing foods you love, it’s about finding healthier alternatives.