5 Food Swaps to Make in 2016

The crunch of a salty potato chip, the crispy finger-licking heat of a chicken wing, the first hoppy sip of beer after a long day at work. You’re drooling now, aren’t you?

It sucks that a lot of traditional “guy” foods are packed full of fat, carbs and salt to boot. While we all know too much of a good thing can add to that Buddha belly. But, what if we could have our cake and eat it, too?

For a quick and simple food reboot, check out these 5 food swaps to satisfy your cravings without sacrificing taste:

1. Whole-grain bread instead of white bread:

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If you eat white bread you’re getting about as much nutrition as chewing on a piece of cardboard. OK, it’s not that bad, but white bread is stripped of a lot of nutrients before it’s even baked. Avoid the white stuff and grab a loaf of whole grain bread.

2. Club soda instead of pop:

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Avoid the sugar crash – pop goes down smooth at lunch, but it packs as much sugar as a Mr. Big. Try calming your carbonated craving with club soda instead.

3. Nuts instead of potato chips:

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Potato chips are a dude’s go-to salty snack. So kick the crisps habit by replacing them with salted almonds or cashews. Nuts contain healthier fats and more fiber and nutrients than potato chips, so you can eat less and stay full for longer.

4. Chicken fillet instead of chicken wings:

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To cut your fat intake, swap chicken wings for homemade chicken strips. Just slice some raw boneless chicken breast into strips, toss in a few spices, coat with flour, egg and panko crumbs, then bake on a pan that’s been greased with cooking oil at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Once your chicken strips are fully cooked, lather with your favourite hot sauce if you’re craving the heat. With less than half the fat of chicken wings, you’ll get your hot wing fix without the guilt.

5. Avocado instead of mayo:

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This one’s too easy to pass up – upgrade your burger with some peeled and sliced fresh avocado or zesty guacamole instead of fat-heavy mayo.

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