Healthy Food Swaps

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I’m sure you know that a good nutritious diet is vital for your health. An unhealthy diet results in long-term stress poor sleep, obesity, heart disease and much more.

 

We can all make choices to improve our diet. The key to healthy diet is finding a balance that works for your body, between nutrition, hydration, and lifestyle. Nutrient-rich foods that nourish your body from the inside out will help your to feel your absolute best.

These are a few simple food swaps you can make:

Swap: White potatoes
For: Sweet potatoes (the orange variety)
Why: Orange sweet contain the beta carotene and vitamin C!. The active ingredient in many anti-ageing skin products is retinol, which is converted vitamin A, or beta carotene! Plus vitamin C can help stimulate the production of elastin and collagen, which can help to keep your skin firmer. They are also higher in complex carbohydrates and dietary fibre. 

Swap: Coffee
For: Green tea
Why: Coffee contains caffeine, which is a diuretic. That can cause your body to lose water, which may lead to dehydration, leaving your skin without that plump, super-soft appearance. Swapping coffee for green tea or other herbal teas can reduce the amount of caffeine you’re taking in, while also helping to fight free radicals that can cause skin damage. Green tea also provides your body with polyphenols, which can enhance your skin’s ability to retain moisture, helping it to look plump and glowing. 

Swap: Tomato sauce / ketchup 
For: Salsa, seasonings with herbs and spices
Why: One problem with many bottled sauces is they can be filled with sugar and preservatives, as well as artificial colours. These nasties can affect the health of your gut, which can stop it from efficiently drawing nutrients to provide to your body. Swap store bought sauces for the spice rubs or fresh salsa and you’ll soon notice the difference in your gut and it feels!

Swap: Milk chocolate or white chocolate 
For: Dark chocolate with 70% cocoa content (or higher)
Why: While milk and white chocolate are made using cocoa solids, they also contain sugar, milk solids and cream. Dark chocolate, particularly 70% varieties, have more of the original cocoa present. Plus, many dark chocolate varieties also contain flavanols, which can help your body to fight cell damage and can promote healthy blood flow.

But just remember to try and stick to small amounts, as dark chocolate still contains sugar. 





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