This Not That: Healthy Alternatives to Your Favorite Foods

Did you make a resolution at the beginning of the year to eat healthier? If so, you’re not alone. It can be difficult to remove some of your favorite foods from your diet! In case you’ve hit a rut in your wellness journey, we’ve compiled a list of healthy alternatives to popular foods.

Instead of a candy bar, try a granola bar.

You’ve probably seen candy bars advertised as a great option for a quick burst of energy. While you will likely get a bolt of energy from the sugar, you are also likely looking at over 250 calories. Granola bars can provide longer-lasting energy from the complex carbohydrates. Look for one with fruit in it and you can still enjoy something sweet! 

Swap out pop for sparkling water.

Did you know there are more than 16 teaspoons of sugar in a 20oz bottle of pop? Even eliminating one pop a day can be a great step on the journey to a healthier diet. Consider a sparkling water or infused water instead. This way you will ditch the sugar but not the flavorful taste.

Trade potato chips for veggie chips.

Potato chips are crunchy and salty, and we understand they can be hard to replace. However, there are a variety of veggie chip options that you can find at your local store! Not to mention, if you’re feeling adventurous, you could always try to make your own at home.

Try angel food cake instead of a donut.

Donuts are a common indulgence. Unfortunately, there are usually at least 200 calories and about 12 grams of fat in one donut. Angel food cake is a great alternative, as it averages around 100 calories per slice, and less than a gram of fat. You can enjoy a tasty treat without the guilt!

Opt for spaghetti squash instead of pasta.

Next time you’re in the mood for pasta, try using spaghetti squash as an alternative.

Giving in to your cravings doesn’t have to wreck your diet! Keep these tips in mind to stay on track but not feel cheated.

The information contained above is intended to be educational in nature, does not constitute medical advice, and should not be relied on as a substitute for actual professional medical advice, care or treatment. If you have any vision, dental or other health related concerns, VBA encourages you to immediately contact your optometrist/ophthalmologist, dentist/orthodontist or any other competent, licensed, medical professional.