Part Two of Unhealthy Foods That Are Considered as Healthy and Their Swaps
Potato Chips < Kale Chips
At the core of those salty, addicting, potato chips are the trans fats. Get rid of them. Instead of the potato chips, choose kale chips that contain fiber, protein, vitamin C, A and K, omega 3 fatty acids and folate. The best thing here is that you can season them with whatever you like. You can use cayenne or nutritional yeast.
White Rice < Cauliflower Rice
The cruciferous vegetable has been connected to cancer prevention, because it’s nutrient support to three body systems nearly related to cancer – antioxidant system, detox system and inflammatory or anti-inflammatory system. If there are imbalances in any of these systems, it can increase the risk of cancer. But this amazing vegetable supports them all.
Crackers and Cheese < Apple & Nut Butter
We should throw the typical American snack and try eating something with more protein and fiber that will keep us full longer, give us the salty and sweet flavor and be good to our waistline!
Conventional Dairy < Kefir
Conventional dairy is full of added hormones and sugar, while the kefir is full of beneficial bacteria that supports the immune system and a healthy gut. Also, it can help those people with lactose intolerance begin to tolerate again the lactose. You should try organic goat’s milk kefir together with turmeric powder. It is a good anti-inflammatory drink.
Snack Bar < Raw Almonds
Most of the bars bought at store are nothing but gluten, sugar and filler. Instead of that, take a handful of raw almonds that will tide you over until the next meal, and it will keep your blood sugar balanced and your mind sharp.
Croutons < Toasted Nuts
The toasted nuts are packed with heart-healthy fats, vitamins, proteins and minerals, and they are a no brainer atop salads. But, some nuts are healthier than the others, and some of the best options are walnuts, Brazil nuts and almonds. The Brazil nuts are a great source of selenium.
Canola Oil < Coconut Oil
The canola oil is made from the rapeseed and it is part of the highest GMO crops. It is a terrible choice when it comes to cooking healthy food. The coconut oil is a superfood that has a powerful punch when it comes to all the essential nutrients that it contains. Containing beneficial medium chain triglycerides or MCT, the coconut oil is a good source for cooking with because it can be heated at any temperature and it won’t become rancid.
The coconut oil can help you to burn more fat and can increase your energy expenditure by 5 percent.
The coconut oil is an anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory, can lower the risk for heart disease and can improve the blood cholesterol levels.
Ice Cream < Frozen Banana
Peel and chop one banana, or more if you want, and lay on parchment paper on the top of a cookie sheet. Freeze the banana, and once frozen, add to the food processor alone or you can add cacao powder. Blend it well and enjoy immediately.
The bananas are a good source of potassium that decreases the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. It helps with the depression because it contains high levels of tryptophan that is converted to serotonin – the “happy” neurotransmitter in the brain.
95 percent of the serotonin is stored in the gut, so keep your gut healthy if you want to be happy.
The bananas give you energy and may help to reduce PMS symptoms and muscle cramps. If you have diarrhea, eat bananas because they are soothing to the digestive tract and also provide electrolytes.
Cookies or Cake < Fresh Fruit with Coconut Milk and Cacao Nibs
Sugar, gluten, dairy – you already know that these three components can lead to disease, inflammation, decrease immunity, gut troubles, increase brain for, cause skin issues and much more.
Take some berries rich in antioxidants, a splash of unsweetened coconut milk and a handful of cacao nibs and you have got a sweet treat.
Milk Chocolate < Dark Chocolate
The milk chocolate contains dairy and sugar, while the dark chocolate contains over 70% cacao and it is good for you. Quality, high cacao chocolate contains iron, fiber, copper, magnesium, manganese and some other minerals. It is full of antioxidants that protect you from the free radicals that can lead to disease. It is also good for the brain.
You can see that there are a lot of upgrade options. You should always choose the healthiest version. You don’t have to try them all. Start with one and then add more when you are ready.