Clean Eating Swaps.

Surprise, surprise, some of the “healthy” products that you have grown accustomed to using may not be as healthy as you think after all – or as beneficial as they market themselves to be.  It is so important to read labels and ingredient lists to see what it is that you are really putting in to your body.  Luckily, we’ve come to the rescue with some easy eating swaps to make your day a little bit healthier.

Let’s take a look at exhibit A.

Before Stevia became {recently} popular, Splenda was the go-to sweetener of the healthy crowd. Touting itself as sugar-free, low calorie, and low-carb, it seemed like the answer to our no-added-sugar prayers. However, when you take a closer look, we learn that Splenda contains known carcinogens and chemicals, such as chlorine.  The safer way to sweeten?  With Stevia, a natural sweetener derived from an herb; it’s Haute + Healthy approved!

Now we come to one of our absolute favorite foods: peanut butter!

Our go-to is Skippy Natural peanut butter, which contains only 4 ingredients: peanuts, palm oil, sugar, and salt.  When it comes to choosing between reduced fat and regular, always go for regular!  It contains healthy fats and no preservatives or added sugars.  The reduced fat Skippy, in comparison, has over double the ingredients of the Natural version (and that includes corn syrup and hydrogenated vegetable oils- always a big no).  When it comes to PB, we say go full-fat all the way.

Next up in our tour-de-healthier foods is yogurt.  Yogurt can make for a very filling and healthy snack, as long as you are not choosing one with almost as much sugar as a piece of pie.

Go for a plain version (like Chobani 0% plain Greek yogurt, above), and fancy it up yourself with some fruit, cocoa powder, crumbled granola, whatever you like.  You will save yourself tons of empty calories and added sugar.  The Yoplait Key Lime Pie Whips, above, for example, has 21g of sugar, and only 5g of protein.  The Chobani above has 1/3 of the sugar (7g) and over triple the protein (18g).  Pretty amazing when you start comparing apples to apples.  So top that Chobani with some of those apples, add a splash of cinnamon, and savor the deliciousness of knowing how healthy you are!

Ok, so I’ll admit it, my last food swap is not exactly “not haute.”  Whole grain bread is totally fine.  But know what’s even better?  Sprouted grain bread!

Sprouted whole grain bread, like the Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9, above, is the healthier option. Sprouting increases the vitamin content in the grains, producing a more nutrient-dense bread. The nutritional profile, otherwise, is basically the same.  The sprouted bread has about 1 more gram of fiber, but the increased vitamin content and smaller ingredient list are what really make it stand out as the healthy choice.

All of the Haute + Healthy food swaps above are available in any local supermarket, so you don’t even need to go to a health food store to find them.  On your next grocery shopping trip do yourself a healthy favor and make the easy switch!

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