Eating healthy is becoming a common concern among many these days. However, many find themselves failing or having trouble sticking with a healthy diet. One of the main causes, is failure to replace unhealthy choices within your home.
When you decide to begin eating healthy, one of the first steps you should take is cleaning out your kitchen. When you no longer have the unhealthy items in your kitchen, you will find it is easier to stick to eating the better option. Let’s in your refrigerator and consider what items you should swap for a healthier alternative:
- Mayo – this condiment is used by a large percentage of people, in a variety of ways and dishes. Mayo however, is not on the healthy food list, as it contains sugar and saturated fat. A great alternative to mayo is mustard. Mustard has many healing properties, contains little to no sugar and has no fat.
- Sour cream – this condiment has been used for many years, however, it is typically high in fat and contains more calories than you need. A great alternative is greek yogurt. You might be surprised to learn that there will not be much difference in taste, however, you will gain more protein from the greek yogurt.
- Lettuce – more and more people have learned that iceberg lettuce has little nutritional value. Instead keep romaine and kale in your fridge. The darker green lettuce will give you more nutrition and has more robust flavor, giving your dishes more taste.
- Ranch dressing – while this dressing may taste great on salads and other foods, it has more ingredients than needed, with many you probably cannot even pronounce. Instead opt for a healthier option of oil and vinegar. There are many organic olive oils and balsamic vinegars that will give you great flavor and many additional health benefits. Be careful – many oils and vinegars should not be refrigerated.
- Jelly and jams – if you love your jelly and jam, you do not need to give it up. Instead purchase homemade jelly and jam or learn to can your own. Canning your own is not only a great project to do as a family, but you will know exactly what is in your own creation. If you decide to can your own, be sure that you are familiar with all of the canning guidelines. Contamination is one of the most common problems with canning and can cause serious health issues.
- Milk – many holistic studies indicate that milk is not needed after infancy, however many people like their milk. If you wish to keep milk in your refrigerator, consider swapping regular milk for almond milk. It has less sugar and more protein, and tastes great.
There are many items in your fridge that can be swapped for healthier alternatives. Be open to changing them slowly. Change one or two a week, until you have a healthier fridge.
By Tammy Moorehead, CHHP for the 50 Plus Report