When you’ve committed to a healthier you in the new year, sometimes the biggest results come from the smallest changes. Swapping a few foods here and there can add up to hundreds of calories saved. After a few months, you’ll have a few new healthy habits and an easier time getting into those skinny jeans. Here are our five favorite food swaps for a healthier, happier you:
Avocado Instead of Mayonnaise
If you’re a mayonnaise enthusiast, we know how hard it can be to imagine a sandwich without that creamy, dreamy swipe of mayo. But it really is possible—especially when you swap out that mayo for some rich, creamy avocado. With tons of healthy fats and the added benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, avocado is infinitely healthier and seriously tasty.
Spaghetti Squash for Pasta
You’ve probably seen this food swap floating around online, and it actually works! You really can eat spaghetti squash like you would pasta. As delicious and comforting as it is, pasta is loaded with carbohydrates and doesn’t do much for your waistline, even when eaten in small quantities. So unless you’re a marathon runner, it’s probably time to break up with pasta. Spaghetti squash has got a mild flavor, and it supports a hefty spoonful of bolognese just as well as its carb-y brethren.
Sweet Potato Fries Instead of French Fries
French fries are basically a food group in this country. And it doesn’t help that many high-end restaurants have been taking French fries to a whole new level of perfection (can you say duck fat fries?). But all those greasy fingers and stray bottom-of-the-bag fries can do some damage to the ol’ ticker as you age. So if you absolutely must indulge in some potatoey goodness, opt for sweet potato fries instead. They are available at many restaurants, but they’re even better when made at home and served alongside a mayo-free turkey burger.
Frozen Bananas Instead of Ice Cream
If there’s anything harder to let go of than French fries, it’s probably ice cream. That pint you’ve got in the freezer is all too often the land mine in an otherwise perfect eating plan. But thanks to the high-powered home blenders on the market today, it actually is possible to overcome this frozen addiction. Frozen bananas blended with honey and peanut butter makes delicious “ice cream” with a fraction of the calories. Try it tonight!
Dark Chocolate for Milk Chocolate
For almost everyone, sugar is the biggest hurdle to overcome when trying to make diet changes. If your nighttime sweet snack is usually candy, try opting for a square or two of high-quality dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate or candy. The sugar content is usually much lower, and over time, you might just find milk chocolate to just be too sweet for your taste.