15 Easy Food Swaps for Better Health

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Healthy living is not about restrictions, it’s about crowding out the bad stuff with the good stuff. There is a good version of everything and a bad version of everything. Make these 15 simple food swaps today.

Swap ice-cream for fruit ice-cream – banana is my favourite. Simply blend a frozen banana in your high speed blender and you have a delicious vegan ice cream. You can add raw cacao powder, nuts, berries or flaked coconut for different flavours.

Swap chocolate for raw cacao powder. Raw cacao powder is a great source of antioxidants and magnesium.

Swap cow’s milk for nut milk – almond milk is my favourite. Almond milk is a great source of protein, fibre, vitamin E and calcium. Recipe here.

Swap cream for coconut cream. Coconuts contain medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which assists to increase good cholesterol and lower the ratio of bad and good cholesterol. Recipe here.

Swap yoghurt for coconut yoghurt. Coconut yoghurt is a good source of calcium and vitamin A.

Swap soft drinks for coconut water or filtered water. If you struggle to drink water, try making your own vitamin water with diced fruit and herbs. My favourite combinations are Minty Watermelon and Strawberry Lime.

Swap coffee and tea for herbal teas. Peppermint tea is my favourite because it assists with digestion so is perfect after meals.

Swap canola oil for coconut oil or olive oil. Choose organic cold pressed oils if available. Don’t skimp on the healthy fats. Monounsaturated fats are essential for hormone regulation.

Swap white sugar for raw honey, maple syrup and dates. White sugar is processed, devoid of nutrients and depletes vitamin and mineral levels.

Swap bread for Ezekiel bread. Bread is refined, bleached, stripped of valuable nutrients, often coloured to appear wholemeal or wholegrain (serisouly check the ingredients!) and high in sodium.

Swap grains for buckwheat and quinoa. Buckwheat and quinoa are seeds. Quinoa is my favourite as it is a complete protein.

Swap desserts for raw desserts. Raw desserts are quite possibly the best perk to being a nutrition nut. Recipe here.

Swap cereal for homemade granola. Cereals are filled with hidden sugars and processed grains (which act as sugar in the body as soon as consumed). Recipe here.

Swap energy drinks for green juice with spirulina or superfood smoothies. Give yourself a natural high energy boost and blend up a green smoothie packed with superfoods. Recipe here and here.

Swap table salt for sea salt or Himalayan salt. Table salt is so refined that it has very little nutritional value as all the trace minerals are destroyed during processing.  Also, table salt often contains additives to prevent clumping.

What’s your number one food swap for better health?

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