The secret to a fit, svelte figure is not self-deprivation, unappetizing meal replacements or crash dieting. You need to be selective to the kinds of food you eat. Substituting high calorie, high fat, and high sugar foods with healthier foods are the best way to achieve a shapelier figure without starving yourself. In today’s post, we are giving you delicious, low-calorie alternatives to some of the most sinful treats you love:
Fresh Fruits Instead of Granola Bars
Granola bars fall under the “healthy food” category, but some contain more sugars than an average candy bar! You just can’t go wrong with fresh, low-glycemic fruits. You can dice and peel a variety of fruits – like apples, pears, grapes and berries – lay it on a large plate and have a guiltless breakfast. Pack your fruit breakfast in little baggies and take them to work for a quick bite.
Fresh fruits contain a long list of nutrients including phytochemicals and antioxidants that cut the risk of chronic diseases! They are also incredibly filling thanks to dietary fiber. Fiber expands in the stomach, prolonging the feeling of fullness. This way, you don’t overeat!
Steel-Cut Oats Instead of Bagels, Donuts
Steel-cut oats make the best breakfast food because they are filling, delicious and low in calories. Bagels and donuts are made from processed flour and sugars that will only cause you to crave unhealthy foods. A heaping bowl of oatmeal garnished with fresh fruits and nut make a satisfying meal. It contains essential vitamins and fiber that lower cholesterol level. Studies show that regular consumption of oatmeal cuts the risk of cardiovascular diseases and high blood pressure!
Veggie Burger Instead of Beef or Chicken Burgers
A regular single burger patty packs 343 calories and 16.4 grams of fat. On top of that, the buns yield an additional 117 calories. Adding other condiments to the burger increases its caloric content. It’s safe to say that burgers are not the healthiest of food choices. Virtually all type of fast foods increase the risk of heart disease.
If you’re craving for burgers for lunch, opt for a healthier alternative: veggie burger. Veggie burger contains the same amount of protein as a burger patty but none of the grease. We recommend air frying or roasting the veggie patty to cut the fat! Veggie burgers are just as filling as regular burgers, but they contain fewer calories too!
Plain yogurt and berries instead of Ice Cream for Dessert
If you can’t finish a meal without eating something sweet, don’t indulge on ice cream. Just a scoop of vanilla ice cream packs an average of 207 calories! Nosh on plain yogurt with fresh berries instead. This is a fantastic alternative to any type of frozen dessert. Yogurt is loaded with calcium and probiotics. These nutrients offer an array of health benefits. A handful of berries gives your dessert a dose of antioxidants!
Salmon Steak and Veggies Instead of Beef Steak and Mashed Potatoes
Want something savory for dinner? Pass on the rib-eye steak and mashed potatoes. Just an ounce of rib-eye steak contains 400 to 565 calories. A tablespoon of oil used to keep the steak from sticking to the grill adds another 120 calories. A small serving of mashed potatoes yields almost 200 calories. Now, imagine wolfing all these down in one sitting.
Salmon steak makes a less indulgent meal for those craving for savory, satisfying dinner. Add a cup of steamed veggies on the side and you have a filling, guilt-free meal! Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids curb the risk of heart diseases and aid in brain development.