Making small changes in your diet can help you look better, feel better and slim down. Smart solutions—or healthy food swaps, can save in unnecessary calories (goodbye carb overload) while still giving you the satisfaction of feeling full and fulfilled with your meals. Try one of these healthy food swaps this week.
Wade Haras, facility manager at FAST Old Town Scottsdale
Instead of: Gatorade
Try This: Your Own Post-Workout Drink
To make your own post workout carbohydrate drink/electrolyte drink, dilute 16 oz. of juice (apple or cranberry) by 50% and add ¼ cup lemon juice and a ¼ tsp of dissolved salt water. Replenishing carbohydrates after a workout is important to start the recovery process and set you up for enough energy for tomorrow’s workout.
Greg Stein, facility manager at FAST N. Scottsdale
Instead of: White Bread
Try This: Sprouted Grain Bread
Instead of having your sandwich or toast on “normal” breads like white or wheat, try Sprouted Grain Breads. Its bread made without flour and has grains, legumes and tons of healthy organic ingredients. Sprouted Grain Bread has more protein, fiber and vitamins/minerals to fuel your body while still tasting great. My favorite brand is Ezekiel—especially the cinnamon raisin flavor.
Kyle Schneider, facility manager at FAST Ahwatukee
Instead of: Pasta
Try This: Zoodles
We bought a vegetable spiralizer and have had fun making zucchini noodles (zoodles) in place of pasta noodles. Zoodles are a great stand-in for carb-heavy recipes.
Glenn Steele, facility manager at S. Gilbert
Instead of: French fries
Try This: Sweet Potato Fries
If it’s hard for you to give up French fries, then try an alternative solution (and just as delicious), sweet potato fries. Keep in mind, these can easily become unhealthy if you douse in oil, salt and dip into mayo and ketchup. Instead try lightly drizzling with avocado oil and season with herbs. Trust me, they’ll be so good you won’t even need a dipping sauce.
Kyle Decker, facility manager at FAST Arrowhead
Instead of: Bread Crumbs
Try This: Ground Flax Seed
Using ground flax seeds instead of bread crumbs is a way to add omega-3 fatty acids into your diet and also eliminate your sodium intake. Omega-3s help with things like joint pain and fighting heart disease, making it a staple to add into your routine.
Jonathan Castillo, facility manager at FAST Tempe
Instead of: Canola Oil
Try This: Coconut Oil
The ingredients you use to cook your food are just as important as what you eat. Coconut oil maintains its antioxidative properties under high heat and adds great flavor to any dish. And for easy use, there’s now coconut oil spray—which is a great way to cut down on usage (making it last longer) while still getting nonstick benefits.
As always, our team of Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists are here to help you on your fitness and wellness journey. Visit our website to schedule a FREE session or visit our Pinterest page for more healthy food swaps and recipes.