Try It Tuesday: Healthier Meal Swaps with Coach Alex
One of the hardest things about embarking on a health and fitness journey is the fear of having to give up our favorite foods or snacks. The idea of sacrificing these indulgences, coupled with the necessity of incorporating rigorous exercise, can leave many feeling disheartened and defeated before they even begin. But fear not! If you're on a quest for better health and wellness, I'm here to tell you that you can make healthy swaps – and yes, they can actually taste good!
As someone who has been committed to a healthy lifestyle since 2020, I've discovered the power of finding healthier alternatives for my favorite foods. Almost every indulgent treat can be recreated using better ingredients to provide the same delicious taste and satisfying texture. Today, I'm excited to share three easy, better-for-you options that can revolutionize your meals:
- Bagel & Cream Cheese < Protein Waffle + Greek Yogurt
Traditional bagels are notorious for being high in carbs, which can lead to blood sugar spikes and increased hunger. By swapping out your usual bagel for a protein waffle paired with Greek yogurt, you're not only reducing your carb intake but also increasing your protein consumption. This swap helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, keeping you feeling fuller for longer while providing your muscles with the essential fuel they need to thrive. See video for recommended products.
- Bacon Cheeseburger with Bun < Bacon Cheeseburger Lettuce Wraps
Who doesn't love a juicy bacon cheeseburger? But those buns can add unnecessary calories and carbs to your meal. Instead, try wrapping your burger fixings in crisp lettuce leaves for a lighter alternative. Not only does this swap cut down on calories and carbs, but it also adds a refreshing crunch and extra dose of vegetables to your meal – talk about a win-win!
- Soda/Pop < Kombucha
If you're a soda drinker looking to make a healthier choice, consider swapping out your favorite carbonated beverage for kombucha. While a typical 12 oz can of cola can contain a staggering 39 grams of sugar, a 12 oz serving of kombucha contains just 11 grams of sugar on average. Kombucha, a fermented tea beverage, offers a tangy, fizzy flavor profile and is packed with gut-friendly probiotics thanks to its fermentation process. Not only does kombucha provide a satisfying alternative to sugary sodas, but it also supports digestive health – making it a fantastic choice for anyone looking to cut back on their soda consumption.
In conclusion, making healthier choices doesn't mean depriving yourself of the foods you love. With a little creativity and a willingness to try new things, you can discover a whole world of delicious, better-for-you alternatives. So why not give these swaps a try this Try It Tuesday? Your taste buds – and your body – will thank you!
Here's to happy, healthy eating!
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