Here are some popular unhealthy (or less healthy) foods and healthier replacements. I implement most of these in my eating habits.
|Less Healthy||More Healthy|
|pork chop-breaded||pork chop lightly seasoned and bbq’ed|
|chicken with sauce||chicken with bbq sauce|
|spaghetti||brown rice, steamed veggies and a little bit of chicken mixed together|
|hamburgers||salmon or turkey patty on a whole wheat bun|
|steak||talapia or salmon|
|tacos||corn tortilla with some fresh salsa and some kind of fish/ or sliced up chicken breast|
|rice||Quinoa or cous cous|
|noodles||sweet potato fries|
|baked potato||baked sweet potato|
When in doubt eat a sweet potato 🙂
- ice cream
- buttered popcorn
I replace them with
- low fat brownies – I REALLY like Betty Crocker.
- fat free ice cream – Bryers has the best fat free ice cream IMO
- light/fat free popcorn
Note: I always have fruit or veggies before every meal, and try to drink a large glass of water before I eat. I feel more full, and that way it insures I am eating more of the good stuff and getting my water in. Every meal I have protein, and rarely ever eat carbs for dinner. Lunch is generally my larger, more high caloric meal.
One more tip
It sounds weird, but I always eat a healthy snack right before dinner… raw veggies and hummus, carrots, nuts. This causes me to not eat as much at dinner, specially since my larger meal is lunch, I don’t need a big dinner.
A healthy dinner plate should be 1/4 Lean Protein, 1/2 Low Glycemic Carbs, and 1/2 Salads or Veggies.
What are some of your unhealthy dinner or guilty pleasure choices that I can help you replace with a healthier version?