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
Ready to make the switch? Put some quinoa on your shopping list.
2Replace Mayo with Mustard
Ready to make the switch? Buy some delicious organic mustard.
3Replace Soda with Tea
Ready to ditch soda? Check out this selection of over 600 tea products.
4Replace Vegetable Oil with Coconut Oil
5Replace Sour Cream with Greek Yogurt
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
Croutons taste good, but so do almonds. Try these unsalted organic almonds.
7Replace Potato Chips with Popcorn
Popcorn. Get your popcorn here.
8Replace White Flour with Coconut Flour
Our organic coconut flour has some great reviews.
9Replace White Sugar with Stevia
10Replace Chocolate Chips with Cacao Nibs
Make sure your cacao nibs are raw and organic.
11Replace Iceberg Lettuce with Romaine Lettuce
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
13Replace Bread Crumbs with Chia Seeds
Ready to make the switch? Shop for chia seeds.
14Replace Table Salt with 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
Peanut butter, out. Almond butter, in.
16Replace Sports Drink with Coconut Water
Have you tried coconut water? You should. It's extremely refreshing.
17Replace Juice with Water
Filter your water and put it in a bottle to carry around.
18Replace 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?