Have your man-snacks, and eat them too, with these super-easy food swaps

Have your man-snacks, and eat them too, with these super-easy food swaps

The crunch of a salty potato chip. The crispy finger-licking heat of a chicken wing. The first frosty sip of beer after a long day at work. Is your mouth watering yet?

It sucks that traditional “guy” foods tend to be packed with fat, carbs and salt. We all know that too much of a good thing can add up to a Buddha belly, but what if you could have your man-snacks and eat them, too?

For a quick and simple food reboot, check out these 5 food swaps that satisfy cravings without sacrificing taste. What are good food swaps? How about these GREAT ones!

 

1. Whole-grain bread instead of white bread

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

Avoid a sugar crash! Pop goes down smooth at lunch, but it packs as much sugar as a Mr. Big candy bar. Try calming your carbonation cravings with fizzy club soda instead.

 

3. Nuts instead of potato chips

Potato chips are a guy’s go-to salty snack. So kick the chip 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 feel full for longer. It’s just another awesome example of what food swaps can do!

 

4. Chicken fillet instead of chicken wings

To cut your fat intake, swap chicken wings for homemade chicken strips. It’s super-easy: Slice a raw boneless chicken breast into strips, crack an egg into a bowl and whisk it up, dip the strips into the egg, and then roll the strips around on a plate covered in a mixture of flour and breadcrumbs (about one tablespoon of each). Lay the strips flat on a pan that’s been greased with cooking oil, and then bake ‘em at 425 degrees for 20 minutes or so. Once your strips are fully cooked, lather ‘em with your favourite hot sauce if you’re craving some heat. With less than half the fat of chicken wings, you’ll get your hot wing fix without inflating your spare tire.

 

5. Avocado instead of mayo

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.

Do you know any other healthy food swaps that kick all kinds of butt? Feel free to share them in the comments below!

 

This article was originally published on January 26, 2016.

5 Healthy Food Swaps for Guys

5 Healthy Food Swaps for Guys

They say that breaking up is hard to do. But if you’re looking to sever ties with an unhealthy food item the easiest option may be to swap it (rather than drop it). Not one of the alternatives on this list is off-putting, after all, and it could even be argued that they are all more appealing than the items they replace. More importantly, however, all these swaps are easy: No expensive trips to the health-food store, no complicated recipes, and no flavourless let-downs.   

If there’s any doubt about the importance of diet to your overall health, maybe it’s time you checked out “The Pledge.” The cornerstone of the second-annual Canadian Men’s Health Week calls on men across the country to commit to four simple lifestyle changes that will help them live healthier, more productive lives. Two of these changes – choosing salad as a side dish and eating more broccoli – mean trading fatty, calorie-rich foods for something more nutritious.

Here, then, are six more swaps that can make a big difference to your health with very little effort:

In: Your favourite fruit

Out: Salty snacks

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Do you have a weakness for crunchy potato chips? Apples are crunchy, too. Are doughnuts your weakness? An orange or a banana can be just as sweet, tender and tasty. All these fruits, by the way, are highly portable, so instead of stopping by the vending machine simply drop some produce in your backpack or briefcase for easy access at snack time. Your body, and your bank account, will thank you for it.

In: Eggs

Out: Doughy breakfasts

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Breakfast foods like bagels, muffins and croissants are full of carbohydrates and fats and very little else. Eggs, meanwhile, are packed with protein that will sustain you until lunch and curb your urge to snack. If you’re short on time in the a.m., boil a couple eggs the night before and eat them with some of that aforementioned fruit.

In: Fish

Out: Ground beef

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Lean red meat – not the kind that goes into fatty burger patties – can be good for you. But fish – especially wild salmon, wild tuna, sardines and anchovies – is packed with healthy omega-3′s and light on other fats.

In: Soda water

Out: Soft drinks

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If you miss the fizz, there’s nothing wrong with sipping soda water instead of colas and other pops that offer nothing but empty calories. Squeeze in some citrus juice for added zing.

In: Cauliflower

Out: Potatoes

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Potatoes are carb-rich blood-sugar boosters, while cauliflower boasts an impressive array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Think you can’t mash cauliflower? Think again: By steaming it, adding a bit of butter and milk and dropping it in the blender, you’ll create a side dish that’s virtually indistinguishable from its starchy, stodgy counterpart.

Want to get your buddies on board? Share these swaps, and encourage them to make Pledges of their own!

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