Eating healthy sucks and it’s hard.
There it is. I said it. All those people who talk about how easy it is to eat healthy and how they don’t even think about it anymore totally blow my mind- I have tried to eat healthier for years with mild success. Maybe it’s because I’m lazy.
And maybe that laziness is why these food hacks appeal to me. Turns out you don’t really have to change your recipes to eat healthier- you just have to make some food substitutions! Crazy, right? Healthier ingredients = healthier eating, and all you do is swap one ingredient for the other!
If you’re all about eating healthier for the minimum of effort, read on!
1) Replace Vegetable Oil With Coconut Oil
I love oil. Oily foods? All about that. Unfortunately vegetable oil can be a little on the fatty side. Enter coconut oil: it’s got all that tastiness but way more medium-chain triglycerides, which have been shown to help aid weight loss!
2) Replace Sour Cream With Greek Yogurt
Okay, this one is admittedly not a 1:1 replacement but try swapping out sour cream with Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is not only crazy delicious but also far healthier than sour cream- sour cream has 200% more calories and 400% less protein!
3) Replace Croutons With Almonds
I have to admit I love that little crunch in my salad-but now I get it from almonds, the super-powered weight burning cousins of croutons. Almonds have that delicious, satisfying crunch of croutons while also having more protein, more fiber, and 33% of the calories!
4) Replace Flour with Coconut Flour
Flour’s great- coconut flour is better. Coconut flour has fewer carbs than its grain-based counterpart and also has a whopping 9x more fiber, making it a no-brainer substitute (besides being, of course, delicious).
5) Replace Sugar With Stevia
Sugar is one of the banes of any dieter- and I’m no stranger to its allures (especially late at night. Why, night-time, must you sap my will?) Fortunately, stevia is a great replacement. Sweet but has no calories, carbs, or sugar. Sign me up!
6) Replace Iceberg Lettuce with Romaine Lettuce
Iceberg lettuce: a staple for any salad or sandwich. Also the nutritional equivalent of Big Brother: fun to consume but ultimately vapid. Try replacing it with romaine lettuce: tons of vitamin A and K, no downsides!
7) Replace Gatorade With Coconut Water
Continuing on the theme of coconuts being some sort of mystical superfood, get rid of your gatorade and get in with the coconut water. Coconut water has half the sugar of your typical sports drink but almost 10x the potassium, making it a fantastically healthy alternative!
8) Replace Milk with Almond Milk
I do love milk, don’t love the sugar in it- but that’s okay because almond milk exists! Almond milk tastes great but has way less sugar than regular milk, making it ideal for eating healthier.
9) Replace Peanut Butter With Almond Butter
While we’re talking about almonds… how about giving them a shot in your sandwiches too? Almond butter tastes great without all the hydrogenated vegetable oils and added sugars you typically find in processed peanut butter.
10) Replace Potato Chips With Popcorn
While I do love the crunch of potato chips, popcorn has a pretty similar mouthfeel while having way less saturated fat and almost a third of the calories. Not too shabby!
And there you have it- some food replacement hacks that require you to do literally nothing except buy something different at the store next time you go. I admit some of these are not 1:1 replacements taste-wise (I am particularly attached to regular milk, the only thing on this list I really miss) but for the most part these hacks will help you eat healthier and lose inches without having to do anything different!