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Try This, Not That: 10 Healthy Food Substitutions

A healthy diet doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult to follow. It simply requires that you think about what goes into your body, and make good choices whenever possible. It’s not one big decision you make, but rather a lot of small decisions you make each and every day that add up to a healthy or unhealthy life. The trick is to know which decisions are the healthiest ones. To help with this, we’ve provided a list of 10 different choices you get to make, including the more healthy and less healthy option. Now it’s your turn to choose.

1. Veggie Dip: Reach for hummus instead of ranch dressing

2. Smoothies: Add bananas instead of ice cream

3. Nachos: Use guacamole instead of sour cream

4. Fruit Dip: Almond butter instead of caramel

5. Pancake Topping: Fresh fruit instead of syrup

6. Sandwiches: Use Greek Yogurt instead of Mayo

7. Popcorn: Sprinkle with nutritional yeast flakes instead of butter or cheese

8. Chili: Use whole grains like bulgar or barley instead of ground beef

9. Burritos: Use large lettuce leafs instead of tortillas

10. Flavored Drink: Use fruit and herb flavored water instead of soda

 

 

 

 

The Skinny Side of Drinking Alcohol

Beer mug and tape measure . Diet conceptIf you’re an adult, and like to drink, it’s hard to find ones that won’t seriously add to your waistline. Different types of alcohol are not created equal, so if you want to stay fit, you need to do your homework. You can still enjoy a good drink if you know which ones to choose and which ones to avoid. Here are some quick numbers to help you get started.

 

Hard Liquor

1.5 ounces of both vodka and scotch have just over 100 calories each. A 2.2 ounce martini is around 135 calories. A 3.3 ounce Manhattan is around 150 calories. Liquors with the highest calories per ounce are Gilbey’s Gin, Tequila, Cognac, Vodka, White Rum, Scotch Whiskey and Rye Whiskey. The mixed drinks with the fewest calories include a Manhattan and Mojito. If you like to mix your alcohol with something sweet, reach for tonic water instead of soda.

 

Wine

5 ounces of both red and white wine will cost you 100 calories a piece. Red wine tends to have twice as many carbs as white wine, so keep that in mind before making your choice. White wine generally has the least calories and the most amount of nutrients.

 

Beer

12 ounces of light beer contain about 150 calories, while the same amount of a draft beer will be closer to 150 calories. The average can of Budweiser has 145 calories and 10.6 carbs. The same amount of Bud Light has 110 calories and 6.6 carbs. A Guiness draught has 126 calories and 10 carbs. A Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has 176 calories and 14.1 carbs. Generally, beer is lower in calories than any other type of alcohol, but it contains more carbohydrates.