Making the right choice when it comes to the perfect meal is not just about whether the person wants their meat cooked all the way through. Making smart choices about healthy meals could be challenging for some people, especially if they don't have all the facts. Part of the problem is that they get a craving for certain foods and have a difficult time trading it for anything acceptable. The good news is that most of the food items that are less than perfect can be swapped with healthier alternatives. Here are a few things to think about before reaching for that next meal.
A sweet tooth can be a major setback for many people, but that doesn't mean that they need to give in to the temptation every time. Many of the foods available on the grocery shelf are full of sugar which have a tendency to translate into calories. Basic items like sliced bread could be swapped with wheat instead. Jam has about 12g of sugar, whereas all fruit contains about half that amount. Stay away from high sugar items like French Cheesecake ice cream with about 25 g of sugar and swap it out with Greek Yogurt which has just 12 g and only 80 calories.
Sugar can have an adverse effect on the body which is not just about calories. Many individuals have been diagnosed with diabetes and sugar can be particularly harmful. Sugar-free drinks like unsweetened tea and water should be the choice instead of soft drinks or juices. Milk will do a body good, but consider using 1% or skim instead of whole or full cream. Consider the same guidelines for any other dairy products like cheese. Chips are okay on occasions, but fried should be swapped for baked instead.
Some families appreciate the way food is prepared on the grill, especially when side dishes are included. There is no reason to throw those fatty steaks on the grill when chicken breast, fish and turkey are available. If red meat is necessary, consider sirloin instead. Replace those high starch rolls with healthy whole grain alternatives. Keep the corn on the cob, but choose lime juice instead of overpowering it with salt and butter. Refreshments will be vital during the fun activities and smart swaps should include water and sugar-free soft drinks instead of drinks loaded with fructose
Everybody gets them and it doesn't matter what time of the day or night. When the craving for a snack is upon them, they reach for the nearest bag of chips, or the ice box gets raided. Advance planning for these events will translate into smarter swapping of healthy snacks. Mixed nuts, dried fruit and seeds, otherwise referred to as trail mix is a healthy snack. Unfortunately, the product that stores offer are covered with sugar and other unwanted ingredients. Advance preparation of these snacks will also provide an opportunity to portion out the snacks in a single-serving package.
The advantages of swapping items will always translate into a healthier body and here are a few ideas to help reach that goal. Many snack bars are made of basic grain and will leave the recipient wanting more within thirty minutes. Swap those bars for the ones filled with fruit and nut as they are much more satisfying and packed with energy. Veggies as a snack is a great choice to help with those mid-morning cravings. Unfortunately, straight veggies can be boring and more often than not the person will still be hunting for something to satisfy the craving. Consider including a portion of hummus to the pack to make it more inviting and satisfying.