By NATALIA HAWK
I love a fitness or health tip. I have pages and pages ripped out of magazines and filed away, and hundreds of articles bookmarked on my computer, so that I can go back and get inspiration whenever I need it.
But what I don’t love is how unrealistic some healthy food swaps can be.
You know the type. “Swap an apple for a Big Mac!” “Swap a chocolate bar for six almonds!” The type that might be great in theory but are really just a cop-out. Because when you’re craving a big, juicy burger, with a meat patty and a whole heap of mayo and two overly sugary buns… a piece of fruit is just not going to cut it.
You know it. Your brain knows it. You eat that apple – but end up craving a burger more than ever. So then you binge, on that Big Mac AND a side of large chips, and after everything, you just feel even worse.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Norbu. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
So here are the healthy food swaps I’ve incorporated into my life in an attempt to be healthier, and yet not completely deprive myself:
1. Swap refined sugar for natural sweetener
So you can’t have a coffee without sugar in it. Or you can’t possibly face a world without the promise of freshly baked goods on a Saturday morning – cakes, cupcakes, muffins, banana bread, brownies, the list goes on…
The good news is that there are natural and low calorie sweeteners available if you’re not so happy about the amounts of refined white (or even brown) sugar you’re adding into your coffee or your baking on a regular basis. A good choice is Norbu. It is unlike other artificial sweeteners as it is completely natural with no nasty additives, and has 97% fewer calories than sugar. Swapping white sugar for natural sweetener is such an easy way to immediately improve on what you’re eating/drinking every day – and you won’t even notice the difference.
2. Swap spreads for better spreads
My morning isn’t complete without toast and a delicious spread to accompany the toast. But for so many years, I was consuming spreads with a lot of hidden sugar and fats – jams, chocolate spreads (how have these been somehow disguised as a breakfast food?) and even peanut butter. Tablespoons and tablespoons of the stuff. Not a good thing to have in your belly before the day’s even started.
So instead, try your local health food store for a plethora of spreads that are all-natural and equally as tasty – various nut spreads (not just peanut butter) as well as other options such as date spread. When all else fails, there’s always The Greatest Food In The World: avocado. YUM.