Whether you are prepping your beach bod or trying to live a healthier lifestyle, these 5 simple food switches can make a big difference to your diet with minimal effort.
Say Goodbye to Dairy Milk
The Food Intolerance Institute of Australia identified that 67-75% of Australians have some level of dairy intolerance including lactose intolerance. Dairy intolerance can cause bloating, irritable bowels, or cramps amongst other things.
Most common milks can also contain high levels of saturated fats and sugars, so switching to a milk alternative can be more nutritious. It’s best to consult your doctor if you believe you may suffer from lactose intolerance.
Our favourite milk alternatives are Bonsoy Soy Milk, available at Woolworths and Aldi and Almond Breeze Original available at Coles.
Oats Over Granola
While granola is vastly better than most packaged cereals available on the shelves, granola often contains oils you don’t need, scoops of sugar, can be high in calories and contain unhealthy fillers. Oats on the other hand contain less calories and fat than granola.
Oats are a great alternative as they slow down digestion and stabilize blood-glucose levels.
Cauliflower is Key
There is nothing I love better than a big bowl of creamy potato mash, however there is a better alternative that tastes just as good (the kids won’t even notice).
Potatoes have several potential health benefits. However, to get the most out of them, you need to eat the skin of the potato, too.
Cauliflower on the other hand is lower in calories. One medium potato contains around 164 calories while 1 cup of cauliflower contains 27 calories. Cauliflower also contains high amounts of vitamins such as vitamin C, folate, potassium and vitamin B6. Potatoes contains around 37g of carbs, while cauliflower contains around 5.32g.
Rice Rice Baby
Not all rice is created equally. Most families in Australia include white rice in many meals because it is cheap and filling, however there is a healthier alternative.
White rice has had the husk, bran and germ removed before it hits the shelves meaning that many nutrients are lost.
Brown rice is the perfect alternative as it contains antioxidants important for disease prevention and has three times more fiber than white rice. Choosing brown rice over white rice can help regulate blood sugar and insulin and helps you feel fuller for longer.
Healthy living doesn’t have to mean ditching the nibbles.
Cheese contains a host of nutrients like calcium, protein, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin A and vitamin B12. It is however healthier to avoid creamy or extra fat cheeses.
Try these cheeses for a healthier snack:
- Mozzarella: Low calories, low in sodium, contains probiotics to improve gut health
- Blue Cheese: Contains more calcium than most other cheeses and helps prevent bone-related health issues
- Feta Cheese: Lower in calories than most other cheeses, contains conjugated linoleic acid which is associated with reduced body fat
Tried and tested: Mozzarella, sour cherries and honey makes a moreish, light treat.