If you’ve already purged some obvious sugar culprits in your pantry but are looking for healthy swaps in the kitchen, you’re in luck. Let’s step it up a notch by swapping out one (or more) of those sCRAP-py (sugar-filled, completely refined and processed) foods for a cleaner version.
While whole and fresh foods are strongly encouraged, I also recognize that having a well stocked pantry, fridge and freezer can be time saving while adding flexibility to your meal choices. I challenge you today to identify a healthier version of one of your typical packaged foods.
Here are a few healthy swaps to try:
- Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour
- Bob’s Red Mill Arrowroot Flour
- Otto’s Cassava Flour
- Arrowhead Mills Organic Coconut Flour
- Holy Kakow, Righteous Organic Cacao Powder
- Essential Living Foods Organic Cacao Powder
- Braggs Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
- Let’s Do Organic Coconut Flakes
- Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein Powder
- Vital Proteins Collagen Coffee Creamer
- PlantFusion Complete Organic Plant Based Pea Protein Powder
- Garden of Life Sport Certified Grass Fed Clean Whey Protein Isolate
- Vitargo (use code: ANGELA15 to save
- Siete Grain Free Tortilla Chips
- Primal Kitchen Mayonnaise
- Mary’s Gone Crackers
- CHOMPS Grass Fed Original Beef Jerky
- Steve’s PaleoGoods, Original Paleokrunch Grainless Granola
- Paleo Pancake and Waffle Mix by Birch Benders
Salad dressing can be loaded with sugar and preservatives. Don’t be fooled by low-fat or fat-free labels. You may think that you are doing yourself a favor if you choose these versions of salad dressings, but they are actually even worse when it comes to hidden sugars.
Try this homemade Basic Vinaigrette recipe instead:
- 1 Tablespoon no sugar added balsamic vinegar (check the label – some have sugar)
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Whisk all ingredients together until well blended.
What’s Driving the Urge to Eat?
Beyond finding a swap, it’s also important to address what’s truly driving the urge to eat. Such as if your blood sugar is low. Low blood sugar could mean that you are skipping meals, spacing them out too much, or you’re not eating enough blood sugar-steadying protein.
Try instead pairing a simple carbohydrate with protein, like mixed nuts and fruit. The healthy fat in the nuts helps to slow down the absorption of the fruit’s natural sugar so that you get back into balance and are better able to control cravings.
What swap did you make? Take a picture and share it with the group!