The best things in life aren’t free – well, not fat-free. There’s nothing quite like the taste of our favorite foods, but many of those tend to be not so good for those New Year’s resolutions. Luckily with a few simple healthy food switches, you can still eat better without feeling cheated.
1. Sour cream ——-> Greek yogurt
Flickr users Muffet, nina.jsc
All the creamy goodness you love, without the crazy calories.
2. Sugary cocktails ————> Red wine
Flickr user Didriks, ahash.metra
If you’re not giving up entirely on alcohol after whatever happened on New Year’s Eve, just make a pact to stay away from those sugary cocktails. Stick with the classics – wine or beer.
3. Butter ————————> Olive oil
Flickr user Steve A Johnson, StateofIsrael
Sure, olive oil is still high in fat, but it’s much better fat than butter.
4. Regular pasta ————-> whole wheat pasta
Flickr user Beau Maes, YoAmes
Whole grains aren’t always easy to get into your diet every day – so just have them with your favorite pasta recipe.
5. Mayonnaise ————-> mustard
Flickr user Stacy Spensley, WordRidden
Instead of both, stick with just the mustard. Get yourself a special spicy one, and you won’t even miss the mayo.
6. Bagel ——————-> toast
Flickr user Muffet, DaGoaty
Sure, bagels are delicious – but also insanely high-calorie. Next time you’re craving one, go for a piece of toast instead. It’ll still fix that carb craving.
7. Cream sauces ———-> tomato sauce
Flickr users Nikolas Moya, puzzlemaster
Why do people have trouble eating pasta on a diet? Because creamy sauces hide serious fat and calories. This year, try exploring the world of tomato sauce. It doesn’t have to be that boring stuff from a jar.
8. Bread slices ———-> tortilla wraps
Flickr user jeffreyw, WordRidden
Bread is great – but if you’re watching your daily calories, bread steals them fast. Make your next sandwich a wrap instead. You’ll be way less full afterward, trust me.
9. Milk chocolate ——–> dark chocolate
Flickr user Siona Karen, John Loo
Giving up chocolate ENTIRELY is a little extreme, let’s be real. But giving up the sugar and calories in milk chocolate is a lot easier. You might just get hooked on the dark stuff for good.
10. Crackers ————-> apple slices
Flickr user lovelihood, Steve A Johnson
You’ll still get your crunchy fix, with a lot more nutrition in every bite.
11. Nuts ——————-> edamame
Flickr user erix!, cyclonebill
Nuts aren’t exactly UNhealtyhy, but they pack in a lot of fat. If you’re trying to cut back, try a handful of edamame in place of your usual peanuts or mixed nuts.
What are some other healthy food swaps that you’re using for your New Year’s resolution? Tell us in the comments below!