Personal Health Intiative Training

Eat This, Not That, Part 2

Here are a few more low-fat, healthier food swaps for you!

Now, I am not a vegetarian by all means but I do enjoy eating the “meatless” products every once in a while. I have found that many of the soy-based veggie burgers are very high in sodium and have very little protein. In other words, they don’t benefit you much at all. I found a really great option for veggie burgers at Kroger. Franklin Farms makes the healthiest veggie burger I have seen. It is a portobello burger and has 14 grams of protein, 390 mg of sodium (some are much higher than that), 1.5 grams of fat, and 10 grams of carbs. Compare this to the Garden Burger brand that has 3.5 grams of fat, 10 more calories, 480 mg of sodium and only 6 grams of protein. See the difference? The little things do add up!

I used to drink soda all of the time. When I was in college, my drink of choice was Dr. Pepper. Pretty soon, I won’t be drinking any carbonated beverages but right now, I can get away with a few. Although Diet Dr. Pepper does taste exactly like the real thing, (how do they do that?) it is still bad for you. I was so happy when I found a natural “soda” by Blue Sky. The Vanilla and Cherry Creme flavor is the bomb!! I mean, maybe it is because I know I can’t drink regular soda and that is why it tastes so good but I can’t believe it. Of course it is zero fat, sugar, calories etc… It is sweetened with Stevia. Try this! I think you will like it. If you just need that strong taste and have to have the soda, this might satisfy you. I purchased this from Kroger as well. (It is on sale this week). Just go into the natural food section. It comes in a 6 pack.

I love ice cream just like everyone else. Although lately, I have been making my own protein ice cream, I have found alternatives to the higher fat versions. Almond Dream makes good ice cream and it is not dairy. So if you have an intolerance for dairy, this is a good option. You can also try the So Delicious brand. Depending on your goal, choose the no-sugar added kind or low-fat kind. There are many different versions, so read the labels carefully. Ice cream is okay every once in a while but why not make it a healthy ice cream?

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