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Simple Food Swaps

Howdy!  What’s gonig on in your world this fine and dandy day?

Things are rockin’ and rollin’ in our house – Nolan is eating and growing like a new baby should, Maren is being an awesome big sister and Andrea is the bestest mommy…so all is good.

Have you ever wandered through the grocery store wondering what the heck you’re supposed to eat instead of the snacks/meals you’re used to eating?

Have you ever looked into your refrigerator or cupboards and thought “Okay…Ed says I should eat good snack, but don’t know what a ‘good’ snack is.”

I have a few simple food swaps for you that should help answer those questions…

1.  Swap junk yogurt for the good stuff.

I’m sure you know that yogurt is good for you.  It has protein, probiotics and all that good stuff, but what you may not know is that many types of yogurt are glorified junk food.

Many are loaded with added sugars, poor quality fruits, nasty artificial sweeteners, etc. while others are actually good for you and will help you lose weight and help your digestive system.

How do you know which ones to swap out?

Don’t buy yogurt with fruit already in it.  Much of the fruit is stuff you wouldn’t buy from the produce section because it’s not worthy to be sold on its own.  If that’s the case, the fruit won’t taste sweet enough, which means the yogurt maker has to add MORE sugar to sweeten it up and make it taste like you think it should taste.

You think you’re adding fruit and eating a healthy snack, but in reality you’re eating sugar-loaded bomb with crappy fruit.

Instead, look for yogurts that have the words “All Natural” or “Organic” on the label or go with Greek yogurt.

To make sure your yogurt doesn’t have a ton of sugar added to it, try to buy plain.  I know it doesn’t taste as good, but it won’t matter if you ADD good stuff to it.

One of my favorites is to add homemade granola to plain all-natural yogurt along with blueberries and strawberries.

I actually eat this for lunch sometimes (but you need to use good granola…not junkie stuff).

Which brings me to my second Swap…

2.  Swap out breakfast cereal for homemade granola.

There are starting to be more and more “okay” breakfast cereals on the market, but it’s still pretty tough to find an “okay” breakfast cereal, while homemade granola is fantastic.

It’s loaded with GOOD carbs, loads of fiber, GOOD fats and protein.  Sounds like the perfect meal to me!

And if you add almond milk, or even organic cow’s milk, that makes it even better.

“Homemade granola” sounds expensive and tough to make, but it really isn’t.  The ingredients aren’t expensive if purchased in bulk, and making it only requires a few steps and you can make a TON at once.

It’s even good as a snack in the middle of the day!

3.  Swap out the individual packages of oatmeal and stick with raw oats.

I know, I know, the individual packets make things so much easier, but, like cereals, it’s tough to find a good one.

I’ve made videos in the past where I’ve shown the blatant lies and deceptive tactics on the front of the boxes for oatmeal and it’s shocking…I was even shocked while doing the prep for the videos!

Instead buy the big tubs of raw oats and spend 3 minutes making your own oatmeal.

Use almond milk or organic cow’s milk and top it off with some berries and mix in some cinnamon and you have an awesome breakfast that will stay with you for hours.

Another little trick with raw oats is to add it to your smoothies.  I’ve been doing this for the past few months and love it.  You can’t taste it, it doesn’t “bulk up” the smoothie at all, yet adds good carbs, minerals and fiber to the smoothie and is great if you’re on a type of low carb or carb rotation plan – just make sure you don’t cook the oatmeal first…it should be plain old raw oats.

Alrighty, there are 3 easy food swaps for you that should be pretty easy to implement.  If you like them be sure to let me know and I’ll write more articles like this.

Have an awesome day and I’ll talk to you soon!

Ed

P.S. – Have you checked out the new LSV Inner Circle?  This month’s issue and Workout Of The Month will be released this month! Make sure you get on the wagon by clicking here…

About The Author

Ed Scow, also known as "The Fit Dad", likes long walks on the beach, snuggling, hand stand push-ups and pretending to work. He's also a fitness & nutrition expert, proud papa and husband to a smokin' hot wifey.

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