Oct. 24 is National Food Day and what better way to celebrate than by learning how to make healthy foods taste delicious. Eating healthy can be hard, especially when people sacrifice their favorite comfort foods for clean, low-calorie meals. By rewriting your grocery list by incorporating healthy, whole, and unprocessed foods, you’ll maximize energy and optimize overall health.
Unfortunately today, only 65 percent of Americans cook and eat at home, compared to 95 percent of households in the mid-1960s. It has nothing to do with socioeconomic status, but instead more to do with the time men and women are collectively spending in the kitchen. At the downward rate Americans are going, less than half of all dinners eaten at home will be homemade. People report not having enough time to cook anymore, but eating out often entails high-calorie and salt and fat-laden meals because you’ve given up control of how your meal is prepared.
Take back your power of the kitchen and ingredients your meals contain. By cutting 500 calories each day, you can drop one pound of fat a week. A couple of food swaps can save you from ruining your diet with useless calories, and over time, those incremental changes can add up and help you lose 10 pounds in five weeks. Here are eight small, healthy changes you can make to lose or maintain weight in a less stressful, more nutritious way.
1. Avocado for Mayo
Mayonnaise is often used as a staple for many sandwiches, salads, dips, and other dishes. An avocado is full of good fat, which is why it still packs a delicious creamy flavor, along with potassium and fiber. Avocados also have fewer calories, are lower in cholesterol, saturated fat, and sodium. If you love potato or tuna salad, instead of using mayonnaise as a base, replace it with mashed or pureed avocado. Avocados also work well to replace butter’s fattening flavor in many recipes or even as a spread on a piece of toast.
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