Thursday, January 15, 2015

Alternatives Rock! 5 Healthful Substitutes for Foods We Shouldn't (but want to) Eat

You've may have heard of the Eat This, Not That book series... 

but just how much of the information in those publications can be trusted (I mean, is it really okay to have Burger King as long as you order a Bacon Double Cheeseburger instead of a Double Whopper with Cheese?)!?

At Body SymmetryMD our wellness squad prefers the type of food alternatives (to the bad stuff) that actually taste like the real thing, but have way more nutritional value (such as sushi rolled with barley instead of white rice).

With that being said, here are our top 5 favorite substitutes for foods we shouldn't eat but can... when they're fixed in a more healthful way, that is!

1. Chopped cauliflower instead of MASHED POTATOES.
Throw your cauliflower florets in your food processor then cook the contents with some low-sodium chicken broth and sprinkle with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter sprinkles. Serve next to your favorite cut of grass-fed steak and wa-lah. It's just like having "meat n' potatoes." In the form of a much cleaner meal!

2. Shredded zucchini squash instead of PASTA.
Forget all those enriched pastas and with the empty calories and excessive carb counts. Now you can turn veggies like zucchini squash into "spaghetti" using kitchen tools like the Veggetti. No one will have to remind you to eat your veggies ever again!

3. Bragg Liquid Aminos instead of SOY SAUCE.
One of the easiest ways you can stall your weight loss (or just retain water) is to be oblivious to your daily sodium intake. Not pro at reading nutrition labels? No worries. Just swap out your soy sauce or some Bragg Liquid Aminos. Your waistline will thank you, and your palate will never know the difference!

4. Pureed white beans instead of FLOUR or CORN STARCH.
Trying to cut GMO products out of your diet entirely? Don't forget to eliminate cooking ingredients or thickeners like flour and corn starch too then. The next time you need to thicken your soup or sauce recipe, try pureeing a can of organic white beans and adding it little by little to your mix instead of the powdery stuff!

5. Frozen Light Whipped Topping instead of ICE CREAM.
We all scream for... frozen light whipped topping! If you haven't tried this as an alternative to a pint of Ben & Jerry's, today is probably the best time to do so. Look for this low-calorie stuff in the freezer section of your local grocery store, and top with fresh fruit and chopped nuts to jazz it up before you chow down!

Finding a much more nutritious alternative to the foods that make us fat (but we love anyway, nonetheless) can be a great step toward achieving better weight management and having a much healthier lifestyle.

For information about medical weight loss solutions & services from Body SymmetryMD that can also aid in a slimmer you, CLICK HERE.

Here's to healthful alternatives that rock!
--Your Body SymmetryMD Wellness Squad

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