Small diet changes can make big differences. Trade your usual choices for these healthier alternatives to make getting fitter even easier.
1. Apples to kiwi fruit
The nutritional payoff: All the vitamin C you need in one day
A kiwi fruit a day might do better than an apple – when it comes to strengthening your immune system. Just one kiwi fruit is enough to fulfil the daily recommended value for vitamin C. In comparison, an apple will only meet 7 per cent of your daily vitamin C needs.
2. Low-fat yogurt to 2% fat Greek yogurt
The nutritional payoff: Less hidden sugar and more protein
You could exceed the daily recommended value of sugar with just one bowl of low-fat yogurt. Sugar is added to replace the flavour lost when fat is removed from such yogurts. Trade the sugar-saturated option for Greek yogurt – and get double the amount of protein. Sweeten a bowl of Greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey to taste, or add chopped bananas or blueberries.
3. Couscous to Quinoa
The nutritional payoff: A better carbohydrate-to-protein ratio
Couscous is a refined grain that will spike your blood sugar levels. Instead, try quinoa, a gluten-free alternative that is similar in texture and taste. Quinoa may be a carbohydrate, but it also has a high amount of protein, thus slowing down digestion and keeping you full for longer. Just remember to keep your portions small.
4. Reduced-fat peanut butter to full-fat peanut butter
The nutritional payoff: Avoiding nasty food additives
“Reduced fat” may sound good in theory, but it might actually mean added sugar, salt or hydrogenated oils in place of good cholesterol (HDL) to make up for the lack of taste or texture. Depending on the ingredients, full-fat peanut butter could actually be made of unsaturated fats that can help to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL).
This article is taken from herworldPLUS
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