FAB BLOG POST
Healthy Food Swaps
(Gluten, Dairy, Corn Free)
If you’re like me, YOU LOVE FOOD!!! Truth. There’s nothing better than indulging in a tasty snack!
So, I’ve created some delicious twists on conventional snacks, so we can have treats that still give us healthy, whole, nutrient-dense foods and are kid-approved.
We’ve had a blast at coming up (& of course, taste-testing) these yummy food swaps, and we can’t wait for you to try them and then let us know your thoughts!
Swap Popcorn for Non-corn Popcorn or Popped Rice “Corn”:
I don’t know about you, but I loooove a good movie night and even more than a good movie, I am seriously in love with movie theater popcorn. The only problem is, it doesn’t love me back. A couple hours after I have it, it’s become a scary movie in how bad my stomach hurts. This is how “popped rice “corn” was born. It’s super simple and takes just about the same amount of time to make as poppin’ some corn in the microwave. Click here for the recipe.
Swap Fries for Baked Sweet Potato Chips:
Whether you like thin, big, smushy or crisp fries, you can get the same texture but in a baked more nutrient dense fry! Spice it up by adding different spices such as garlic, taco seasoning, even Old Bay and make a fun dipping sauce. Full of flavor and crunch, pop these bright beauties right out of the oven for a healthier version of chips. Goes great with burgers, chili or your favorite sandwich. Click here for the recipe.
Swap Peanut Butter for Almond Butter: Swap out peanut butter with this creamy delight to your smoothies, nut butter sandwiches or use to make homemade almond butter cups (yum!) This almond butter is sure to keep you full and energized!! Click here for the recipe.
Swap Cereal for Smoothie Bowls: What’s just as easy as pouring a bowl of cereal with some milk? Pouring some milk, fruits, and veggies straight into the blender and pressing ON! This is a GREAT way to get a load of energy, nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber that will fill you up! Add to a cup or pour into a bowl and add your favorite toppings. Click here for the recipe.
Swap Pop or Soda for Zevia: I call it Pop; Chicago girl over here!)… sometimes you just want something other than water. But with pop comes harsh chemicals, preservatives, and SUGAR (aka an inflammatory bomb that goes off in the body). This is one of our favorite zero calorie pops that come in flavors from Dr. Zevia (aka Dr. Pepper) to Ginger Ale. It uses Stevia, a natural sweetener made from a plant. It’s a perfect sweet treat. Check your local grocery stores or natural food stores for Zevia.
Swap Tortillas for Collard Greens: Move over corn and flour tortillas! These collard green wraps are a great way to get your protein and greens in! Super sturdy too, so you can pack it full with all the savory things you like and they won’t spill out. Check out a delish easy recipe here.
Swap Popsicles for Homemade Fruit Pops: A great whole real foods way to get antioxidants, fruits, and veggies in a fun popsicle form. Grab your favorite ingredients, throw them in the blender with your favorite nut or seed milk and any extra smoothie you have left over pour into smoothie molds and pop in the freezer. Click here for the recipe.
Swap Noodles for Zoodles: We love ‘em with our “Creamy Almond Butter Asian Style Pasta” or just good ole’ spaghetti. Try and spiralize beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, zucchini etc…Click here for the recipe.
Swap Potato Chips for Cucumber or Plantain Chips: Who doesn’t like a good chip to dip in some creamy hummus or spicy gauc or salsa!?! And….now my mouth is watering. Instead of the greasy fried tortilla or potato chips, opt for one of these swaps… banana chips/plantains or cucumbers. They’re sturdy and hold up to a hardy dip.
Swap Ice Cream for Nice Cream: If you crave a lovely scoop of ice cream any time of the year, especially in the Summer, this ice cream is extra nice because it’s made with just two whole food ingredients…frozen bananas and nut butter! A great, creamy way to cool off and satiate that ice cream craving. Check out the recipe here.
Now, I’d love to hear from you. What’s your favorite food swap? Let me know in the comments below.
To your FAB health & happiness,