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Eat This Not That | Protein Rich Swaps

Welcome back to another edition of Eat This Not That! After tackling some basic healthy food swaps, I also shared my go-to suggestions for cleaning up your breakfast habits. Today we’re back to talk about how you can make some quick and easy changes to your meals that will help increase your protein intake on a day-to-day basis.

Breakfast:

Swap cereal for gluten-free oats. If you’re a cereal devotee, it’s time to trade in your sugary processed flakes and puffs for some hearty, filling oats. Need some sweetness? Add some powdered peanut butter, fruit, and/or no-sugar added yogurt of your choice.

If you’re a sugar fiend in the morning – Try trading your juice and/or pastry for a smoothie instead. Fresh fruit, almond milk, and protein powder – Et voila.

Snacktime:

Swap out chips or crackers for a fried fruit and nut mix. You can get a dose of salt, but with the added benefit of healthy fats and protein. Just watch your portion size, those babies add up.

A protein-rich midday snack will tide you over much better than sugar or empty carbs. Instead of a sugary granola bar, try a healthier option like Vega Sport Bars or Clif Builders Bars. Check out some of my other favorites here – Best Vegan Protein Bars.

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Lunch:

Swap a giant snooze-inducing sandwich for a salad overflowing with veggies. You can still get lean protein, fiber, and healthy fats, just watch your salad dressing choice to avoid unnecessary sodium, sugar, and fat. Always read the labels on your salad dressing!

Not in the mood for a salad? Try a decontructed burrito or fajita bowl.

Dinner:

Try trading in the white or brown rice, or couscous in your dinner menu for organic white, red, or black quinoa. And if you’re in the mood for pasta, you can swap out traditional refined wheat pasta for a spinach, quinoa, or brown rice variety.

Dessert:

If you love to bake, like I do, you can swap out your bleached flour for almond meal or cashew flour. It’s delicious and super healthy, I promise that you’ll love it. And the expert level swap for baking? Chickpea flour! Like these healthy peanut butter blondies.

Do YOU have a favorite swapping hack? Share below!

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Eat This Not That | Breakfast Edition

After sharing my top five favorite healthy food swaps in the first edition of Eat This Not That, I’m back to share a special list of breakfast-related suggestions.

Have a favorite go-to breakfast that you want to amp up? Not sure if you’re making the best choice for your body first thing in the morning? I’m here for you!

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Eat This Not That Tips – Healthy Breakfast Swaps

  1. Eat your {high fiber} cereal with no/low-sugar Greek yogurt instead of milk. It’ll keep you full longer and offers a serious dose of healthy fats.
  2. Do you have a granola habit? You could be giving yourself too much sugar first thing in the am. Try swapping your granola for oatmeal made with whole oats. Add berries and chia seeds for bonus points! {Need some ideas to spice up your oatmeal? I’ve got you covered – Heart Breakfast Oatmeal & Coconut Chia Overnight Oats}
  3. If you’re a bread lover and usually reach for a bagel to break your fast – Either trade it in for two slices of Ezekiel bread or try hollowing out your bagel. Yep, you read that right. You can scoop the bready centers out of the bagel and fill with sliced hardboiled eggs and avocado for a delicious, healthy, filling breakfast.
  4. Are you regularly having an orange, apple, or pineapple juice in the morning? You can swap it out for a whole piece of fruit, which I talked about in the first Eat This Not That post. OR you can whip up a water bottle or pitcher filled with infused water. Add chunks of fruit, mint, ginger, or whatever you’re craving to your mixture for a tasty, hydrating start to the day.
  5. Would you consider yourself a sugar junkie? Are you not fully awake or ready to tackle the day until you have a pastry or sugar-filled coffee drink in the morning? You can cut waaaay back on the sugar and make yourself a tasty banana-based pancake instead. Banana, protein power, and either eggs or egg whites. Don’t eat eggs? Swap them out for a flax or chia seed egg as a binding agent. Et voila.

Do YOU have a favorite breakfast? How would you make it healthier?

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Eat This Not That | Food Swaps

Whether you’re eating out at a restaurant or cooking in the comfort of your own home – There’s usually a way that you can make some healthier choices and swaps for a recipe.

So, with that in mind, welcome to the first edition of Eat This Not That – Food swaps for the healthfully-minded!

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My Top Five ‘Eat This Not That’ Tips

  1. Fresh salsa over bottled hot sauce – If you want to add a flavorful kick to your meal, try topping it with salsa instead of a sodium-packed bottled hot sauce.
  2. Hummus instead of sour cream. It can add a creaminess and delicious flavor to dishes that call for sour cream. Note: This swap is probably best for savory dishes, I’m not sure how a raw hummus cheesecake would work out… 🙂
  3. You should try to choose whole fruits rather than sugar-filled juices. It’s easy to get lured in by the promise of fresh-squeezed juice, but the fiber in the fruits themselves help your body deal with the influx of sugar. Without the whole fruit, you can get a fairly significant sugar spike in your blood sugar from juice.
  4. Fruit or veggies for dipping instead of crackers or chips. Whether you’re dipping into hummus, nut butter, or Ranch dressing – Try some produce in lieu of your usual salty treat.
  5. Have you tried cauliflower rice? If not, I highly recommend it. Cauliflower is easy to work with, can be bought pre “riced,” and is really versatile. Cauliflower oats, fried cauli rice, and mashed “potatoes” are great, nutrient-filled, healthier options than their original iterations.

Stay tuned for some more suggestion and ideas to healthify {that’s totally a word, I swear} your life!

What’s YOUR favorite food swap in the kitchen?

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Links You’ll Love

Fashion:

Want some advice on stretching your existing wardrobe and how to make the pieces that you have work in multiple ways? Thought so! Everyday Reading – One Piece Many Ways.
 
Remember the adorable Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei romance Only You? The Design Sponge brings you clothes, accessories, and houseware products reminiscent of the sweet rom com – Living In: Only You.
 
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Fashion can be fun! Check out Refinery 29’s An Illustrated Guide To Fashion’s Biggest Icons featuring illustrations of fashion’s most legendary and colorful characters including Marc Jacobs, Anna Dello Russo, Daphne Guinness, Diane Pernet, Anna Piaggi, Iris Apfel, and many more!
 
I’ve adored Peter Pilotto’s last few collections and if you’re not familiar you should check out Olivia Palermo’s review of – Lines We Love: Peter Pilotto.
 
 
If you love resortwear with a fabulous vintage feel than the Caftan is probably right up your alley for your next vacation. Whether you’re throwing it over a swim suit in your resort, wearing it with leggings for dinner when the wind picks up, or just with sandals and chunky jewelry as you explore the city, it’s the perfect piece to invest in to give your vacation a fun, hippie twist. Don’t believe me? Read The Glamourai’s { In The Market } For Caftans and tell me you’re not DYING to try one!
 
 
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Interested in adding the oh-so-healthy chia seed to your diet for some much-needed nutrients and omegas? Read FitSugar’s Bring On the Omegas! Products That Contain Chia Seeds and try making OhSheGlow’s Easy Overnight Buckwheat Parfait with chia seeds.
 
Think you can get away with skipping weight training during your gym time? Nope! The Zen of the Barbell. Not convinced? Sports Medicine – Why Women Should Lift Weights.
 
Sometimes trying something new in the kitchen can be a little nerve-racking. Are you preparing it right? Will the recipe turn out? Should you have tried something else? Check out this Sexy Swiss Chard brought to you by Candice Kumai – author of Pretty Delicious: Lean and Lovely Recipes for a Healthy, Happy New You and the talent behind The Stiletto Chef blog –  and get a great tutorial on cooking the powerhouse veggie Swiss Chard.
 
 
Need some new low-calorie treat ideas for hot summer days? Are you a big fan of Greek yogurt? Check out YumSugar’s Taste Test: 15 Greek Frozen Yogurts.
 
Even fashionistas know the benefits of coconut oil! Check out The Stylist’s Coconut Oil For Skin, Hair, Body: 6 Things To Know About The Super Ingredient. Curious about how other fashion insiders approach health and nutrition? Check out this new video from blogger Shea Maria of Cheyenne Meets Chanel fame – Health 101: Eat This Not That Part 1.
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