es and they should not be in my house! I have come a long way with my will power, but it’s not quite where I want it to be. So, if I don’t know where they are, I won’t worry about them. If they were sitting on the pantry shelf where I would see them every time I open the door then guess what? They’d be gone in a heartbeat! If this sounds anything like you then it’s definitely time for a kitchen make over!
Let’s talk about healthy swaps! Take a look in your pantry and refrigerator. Is there anything in there that you would be willing to swap out for a healthier alternative? Do you eat peanut butter? Would you considering swapping it out for an all natural peanut butter? Keep in mind, you still have to look at the labels! All all-natural peanut butter is not created equal. You want to stick with the only ingredient being peanuts. Another great swap can happen with yogurt. I prefer to eat yogurt for lunch; however, I used to eat a light, flavored yogurt. It was recommended to me to switch to plain Greek yogurt and the first time I tried it I thought I was going to be sick! So, what I did was I sweetened it with natural sweeteners. I use a handful of berries and a drizzle of honey or Agave Nectar. It does the trick perfectly! I will warn that it does take a little getting used to. Greek yogurt is thicker and you need to figure out what kind of sweetness you are looking for when adding the toppings. Often times I use 1/4 cup of homemade granola for an extra crunch as well. This makes for a great lunch or a nice complete snack because it includes a complex carb and a lean protein. In most recipes, you can even swap out the sour creme for Greek yogurt so there are multiple purposes! Cheese is another easy swap. String cheese is already portioned out and easy to grab. Pair it with a serving of 20 grapes and you’ve got yourself a complete snack!
Also think about your regular condiments. Most condiments, including ketchup and Dijon mustard come in a cleaner version that do not include high fructose corn syrup (for the ketchup) and no added sugar (for the mustard). Another big, yet easy, change that I made was using butter. I actually can’t tell you the last time I bought butter at the store! When cooking, I use cooking spray or olive oil.
If you have the phone capability, there is a great free app that you should download. It is called Fooducate. It will allow you to scan bar codes of products and do comparisons of two products or by itself. Each item is given a grade based on its nutritional content, as well as healthier alternatives! It is convenient for quick decisions.