If you’re trying to get your health and fitness back into gear, then one of the primary factors you’ll need to address is your diet. What you eat and drink on a regular basis can have a huge impact on your wellbeing, and it’s easy to over-indulge without realizing, especially when you get into the habit of picking up a takeaway or eating out on a regular basis.
However, it’s possible to still enjoy your favorite foods and drinks without loading on all the excessive calories, fats, and sugars that they often contain without missing out on any of the delicious flavors. To inspire you, read on for some suggestions of healthy swaps that you can easily make at home and try yourself.
Swap your syrup-loaded coffee for a homebrew
If you’re in the habit of picking up a sweet, frothy coffee drink from your favorite coffee shop at the start of every day, then you might be adding a surprisingly high number of calories to your daily intake without even realizing it. Many drinks served in takeaway coffee shops are often flavored with a large amount of syrup, cream and other substances, which can taste delicious but amount to the same amount of energy as a large meal. When paired with a pastry or cookie, you might just be shocked at how much you’re putting away.
This doesn’t mean that you need to sacrifice your delicious coffee, however. Instead, it might be time to treat yourself to a more refined version of the drink by investing in high-quality beans from a coffee subscription, and a good coffee maker at home. You can enjoy the richness and flavor of some of the world’s best coffee, with a fraction of the calorie content. Enjoy it with a homemade pastry or pancakes for the perfect start to the day.
Swap your fruit juice for a green smoothie
A cold glass of freshly squeezed fruit juice can be deliciously refreshing, but most juices will also contain a large amount of sugar, albeit natural sugars found in the fruit itself. While juices can be a part of a healthy diet, it’s also good to mix things up a bit with more fibrous vegetables and other nutritious ingredients, and a green smoothie can be a great alternative.
Green smoothies will often have a leafy green vegetable like spinach or kale as a base, along with a sweeter fruit such as apples, pears, or bananas. You can thicken them up with avocado or even plant-based milk, such as one made from hemp seeds, oats, or nuts. Blitzing these together creates a satisfying and nourishing drink that will fill you up for much longer than a typical juice and is also packed with a variety of essential nutrients such as healthy fats, fibers, and a variety of vitamins and minerals. It can also be a great meal alternative when you’re in a rush and can be easily tweaked for variety.