Top 5 Healthy Food Replacements for Naughty Food With the breaks right around the corner, you may find some anxiety creeping in about what foods you should – and shouldn’t be eating. With delicious treats and goodies around every corner, it can be hard to stick to your guns and eat healthy as planned. If you take the time to come up with a few healthy trip food swaps that will still help you satisfy your craving but won’t completely derail your diet plan, you’ll be far better off. Let’s look at five healthy trip food replacements to consider. Swap Sweet Mashed Potatoes For Regular Mashed Potatoes Mashed potatoes are a common item on the trip dinner menu but unfortunately, they’re often laden with fat and insulin spiking carbs. Instead, prepare your own mashed sweet potatoes, boiling some sweet potatoes before mashing and adding a bit of low sodium chicken broth rather than butter. Sweet potatoes are ranked lower on the GI index so will do a better job at keeping your calorie intake under control. They’re also rich in vitamin A and fiber. With a sweet taste, you’ll be sure to love them. Swap Dark Chocolate For Truffles If it’s getting hard to pass up the chocolate truffles all around the office, consider trying some dark chocolate instead. If you get 95% dark chocolate or higher, you actually won’t be taking in much sugar at all with this treat. And, dark chocolate is very rich in antioxidants, so is a great overall health booster. It does still contain calories, so just limit yourself to one small square per day to satisfy that craving. Swap White Turkey For Ham If given the option for your main protein source for your trip meal, always opt for white turkey. Turkey is an excellent source of lean protein and is also rich in vitamin B6, niacin, as well as zinc, and potassium. It’s a leaner source of protein and contains a lot less sodium than ham, which is another option often served at trip dinners. Swap Rice Stuffing For Bread Stuffing Few things are more calorie dense than bread stuffing that comes out of the turkey. This bread will absorb all the fat drippings that come from the turkey and given the fact it’s made from bread, it’s already high in simple carbohydrates. Instead, consider preparing your own home-made dressing using brown rice, diced onions, carrots, and an assortment of spices and herbs. Make this outside the turkey and it’ll be a far leaner option that will keep your diet in check. Swap Pudding For Pie Finally, rather than going in for a high calorie slice of pumpkin or pecan pie, try a lighter but just as tasty dessert – pudding. You can find many sugar-free, fat free pudding powder mixes and if you prepare this with some low fat milk, you’ll have a delicious dessert in minutes. Top the pudding with some fresh berries and almonds and you’ll hardly be missing that slice of pie – or the calories it contains. So keep these healthy smart swaps in mind this trip season. If you plan ahead and find ways around your normal high calorie items, there’s no reason you need to derail your diet plan. About the Author: FHMatch , all-in-one `Business in a Box! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments|Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance|