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18 Food Replacement Hacks that Make Healthy Eating Easy

18 Food Replacement Hacks that Make Healthy Eating Easy - from SwansonVitamins.comI'll admit it. I think it's difficult to eat healthy all of the time.

I do pretty well most of the time, but the best technique by far that I've used to be sure that I'm eating healthy meals regularly is to simply replace unhealthy ingredients with something healthier.

I don't mean replacing it in your recipe... I mean trying to replace it in your kitchen or pantry. I know that these aren't all perfect replacements that work in every single recipe, but in general, I've found them to be healthier options that work in a lot of recipes. 

The goal is to eat less of the unhealthy item and more of the healthy. Replace it when you can.

If unhealthy ingredients aren't around, you don't use them. That simple.

Below are some items I have (mostly) ditched and the healthier food items I have replaced them with. Healthy foods aren't as expensive as you think when you buy right here at Swanson from the healthy food section of the store.

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18 Healthy Food Replacement Hacks that Make Healthy Eating Easy


1Replace White Rice with Quinoa

replace white rice with quinoa - healthy food replacement

Ready to make the switch? Put some quinoa on your shopping list.


2Replace Mayo with Mustard

replace mayo with mustard to help be healthy

Ready to make the switch? Buy some delicious organic mustard.


3Replace Soda with Tea

replace soda with herbal teas when on a diet

Ready to ditch soda? Check out this selection of over 700 tea products.


4Replace Vegetable Oil with Coconut Oil

replace vegetable oil with coconut oil when cooking healthy

Helpful links: How to Use Coconut Oil - Buy Coconut Oil


5Replace Sour Cream with Greek Yogurt

use greek yogurt instead of sour cream as a healthy food replacement

Surprisingly, you won't be able to tell that you just put greek yogurt on your taco. I like to mix it with some lemon and hot sauce.


6Replace Croutons with Almonds

healthy food replacement - use almonds instead of croutons on a salad

Croutons taste good, but so do almonds. Try these unsalted organic almonds.


7Replace Potato Chips with Popcorn

replace potato chips with air popped popcorn for a healthy snack

Popcorn. Get your popcorn here. Check out these healthy popcorn seasonings too.


8Replace White Flour with Coconut Flour

replace white flour with coconut flour as a healthy baking substitute

Our organic coconut flour has some great reviews.


9Replace White Sugar with Stevia

replace white sugar or artificial sweeteners with stevia

Now is the time to ditch the sugar. Give stevia a try.


10Replace Chocolate Chips with Cacao Nibs

healthy food replacement - instead of chocolate chips use cacao nibs

Make sure your cacao nibs are raw and organic.


11Replace Iceberg Lettuce with Romaine Lettuce

substitute romaine lettuce for iceberg when eating healthy foods

We don't sell lettuce but we can help you grow some with these organic lettuce seeds.


12Replace Ranch Dressing with Olive Oil + Balsamic Vinegar

healthy food replacement to use olive oil and balsamic instead of ranch salad dressing

Check out our selection of organic olive oils and organic balsamic vinegars.


13Replace Bread Crumbs with Chia Seeds

replace bread crumbs with chia seeds to make a healthier recipe

Ready to make the switch? Shop for chia seeds.


14Replace Table Salt with Himalayan Crystal Salt

replace regular table salt with healthier himalayan crystal salt

Once you make the switch, you'll never go back. Check out Swanson Himalayan crystal salt.


15Replace Processed Peanut Butter with Unprocessed Nut Butter

food replacement - nut butter is healthier than processed peanut butter

Peanut butter, out. Almond butter, in.


16Replace Sports Drink with Coconut Water

drink coconut water instead of sports drinks if you are looking for a healthy food replacement

Have you tried coconut water? You should. It's extremely refreshing.


17Replace Juice with Water

replacing sugary juice with purified water is healthy

Filter your water and put it in a bottle to carry around.


18Replace Milk with Almond Milk

it is healthy to replace cow's milk (regular milk) with almond milk

Almond milk comes in both sweetened and unsweetened varieties.

This post was originally published on January 13, 2014. It has since been updated.

What are your favorite healthy food replacements? Do you make any of the food swaps on this list?


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