Hey everyone, it’s the start of the new year and I figured it’s time to make better choices. I asked Santa last year for superpowers so I can change the world but since that’s a bust, I gotta make do with what I can change–start small, so to speak. So first things first. I gotta watch what I eat.
Deciding upon that I took the time to read up on healthier alternatives to the usual diet fare. So today, I’ll be doing my own version of Eat This and Not That.
1.) Eat Blueberries not Cereal Bars
Crazy, right? Here I was thinking that cereal bars had my back! Turns out blueberries have 80 calories per cup and 0 fat. That’s right Z-E-R-O. Blueberries also boost brain power and help fight any sort of inflammation. I was kinda shocked to find out that a typical cereal bar carries 130 calories and next to nothing when it comes to nutritional value. Blueberries can be quite tart so it can be a pretty good wake up in the mornings!
2.) Use Olive Oil not Butter
I have to be honest. This one I’m having a bit of trouble with because everything tastes better with butter! Popcorn, steak, and even hot dogs taste amazing with butter. BUT they are ridiculously high in cholesterol so bad for the arteries. Olive oil has monounsaturated fat so it lowers the risk of heart disease. One good thing about this is that when I tried it out I didn’t need to add that much oil for it to coat the pan. It can be a bit pricey but since you don’t really need to use that much, you’ll be saving your body and your wallet.
3.) Eat Figs not Cookies
Raise your hand if you’ve never seen heard of figs before. You can totally tell I really need the health upgrade, right? So a fig is a teardrop-shaped purple fruit. It’s contains potassium and is pretty high in fiber. Potassium, if you’re not familiar with it–is that lovely magical substance that lets our muscles move. The fig’s natural sugar makes it pretty sweet so it’s a pretty solid alternative to a cookie.
4.) Eat Dark Chocolate not White Chocolate
Story time. My best friend’s kid brother held an experiment using mice. He fed two different mice chocolate. One he gave only dark chocolate and the other only white chocolate. After about a month, the mouse which ate nothing but dark chocolate had a fuzzier and healthier looking coat. So what happened to the mouse that ate nothing but white chocolate? All its hair fell out and soon enough its teeth fell out too. So I don’t know about you that was enough to scare me off the stuff for good. But if you’re not willing to take my word for it, science has proven that dark chocolate helps fight high blood pressure and helps remove plaque from arteries. It also helps curb hunger! So if you want to really keep the pounds off, pop a bit of dark chocolate in your mouth and see it work its magic.
4.) Eat Broiled Salmon not Fish Sticks
Fish contains omega-3 fat which helps fight high blood pressure, heart attacks, and cancer. Fish sticks are processed and often additives and extenders are thrown into the mix. Also, there’s the preparation process. Most fish sticks available in the market will have you fry it. That’s adding oil to what was already unhealthy to begin with.
That’s what I found out so far. I’m continuing my research so I can really get the most out of this new leaf. If you guys know of any alternatives, shoot me a message and I’d love to learn from you!