It is New Year and many are eager to start their diet on the right foot, perhaps losing a few pounds, eating better and making smarter food choices overall. Here is a list of great healthy food alternatives for your regular choices that will help you preserve your New Year’s resolution. They are low in fat and calories but taste high!
Do you like chocolate milk but don’t like the stomach ache and gas you get afterwards? There is a new healthy option available that is not soybeans! As a lactose intolerant woman, I usually drink soy and rice milk, but my last choice is great, especially in chocolate and almond milk! It has a clean taste and you swear you’re drinking the real thing! You’ll want to research the status of your healthy / organic groceries or dairy products. They also offer shelving branding, but refrigerated type is best. This delicious nutmeg treat, Blue Diamond Natural Almond Breeze. Even if you are not allergic to lactose, it contains only 120 calories and contains less fat than soybeans, so drink it up!
Do your kids love their grilled cheese sandwiches but avoid them because of the lactose? One great option for cheese slices is the “vegetable slices” found in the vegan section of the dairy and / or production area. They serve flavors like cheddar cheese, mozzarella, american, jalapeno, and smoked provolone, and the best thing is that they are low in calories, free of cholesterol, and contain 0 grams of trans fat! The Veggie Slices also makes regular cubes of “cheese” plus shredded and it’s all great, I swear it was dairy!
Avocados are a very delicate delicacy, and when you want to eat some guacamole or just put a few slices on your salad, it’s great to know that there is a low-fat option. A large avocado labeled “SlimCado” allows you to eat this wonderful fruit (that’s right, if you didn’t know it, an avocado is actually a fruit!) Without accumulating calories. Its flesh is still like regular avocado but has a slightly higher water content, so it is best used in guacamole. They are about 3 times their regular size and can go a little long.
Canned fruits and veggies, if you are not careful with your choice, can contain ample amounts of syrup, sugar and salt! This isn’t great if you are looking to make healthy choices. You have options though! Fresh food is always best if you can have it and if on hand the next option is frozen as it has been proven to have all the nutrients fresh, it will be canned last time. With the economy pushing grocery prices to a record high in the past few years, more people are turning to packaged goods. Look at the label and make sure it doesn’t contain added salt or sugar. When looking at the ingredients, you’ll want to avoid anything that contains syrup, corn syrup, fructose, sucrose, or added sweeteners. These add unwanted sodium and calories. If you cannot get any of them without these ingredients, be sure to drain the juices and rinse the contents thoroughly before use.
Are your cookies weak? Like many, cookies are a favorite and comfort food. After all, it’s mostly loaded with butter, margarine, or some type of hydrogenated oil, loads of sugar and often with white flour. There are many new healthy organic and non-organic options that include whole grains, and a much smaller amount of sugar and healthy oils used. One of the cool things I love is the Kashi TLC cookie. It’s chewy but it adds some crunch and one cookie is enough for me, so one square can go a long way. Flavor options are a mix of Happy Trail, oatmeal, dark chocolate, oatmeal, and raisins. These powerful stations provide low in sugar, seven whole grains, 0 g of cholesterol, 3 g of fiber and just 130 calories per large cookie!
If you enjoy ice cream and soft drinks as a fun fruity treat, here’s a super-easy recipe for some at home to avoid paying a premium for the healthy options pre-packaged at the grocery store. I really like Edy’s fruit bars and they are a great, great treat option! However, with its prices rising recently, I refuse to pay its now price of $ 4 so I make it. I have small cups of Tupperware with lids (about ¾-1 full cup in size) Use whatever fruit you have or buy some fresh or frozen fruit. My favorite is the mango blueberry. I put frozen blueberries and bought 100% pure frozen mango pulp in my food processor. Give it a few pulses until it’s very soft and then pour it into the cups to freeze. This is great for children! No added sugar, no fat, only 100% fruit and delicious! You can try banana, strawberry, raspberry, kiwi and blackberries too! For something tart, add some orange or pineapple juice. No need for ice cream sticks, you can take it from a cup with a spoon.
Vegetables and dips can be a party staple and can look healthy until covered in dips which are usually high in fat and high in salt and usually made with dairy products if you haven’t tried them or are used to buying them at the grocery store. Now is the time to make your own hummus! The main ingredient of chickpeas is chickpea, also known as chickpea seeds. You can buy a package, filter and wash it, then put it in a food processor with a clove of garlic, some pepper, a little sea salt to taste, and some tahini. I only use what I have at home, so I usually end up using ground cumin which has a pleasant flavor as well. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and mix until smooth and creamy. Hummus is great for spreading on cookies, bread, or dipping vegetables, and anyone can eat it, whether it’s vegetarian, vegan, or lactose intolerant.