Bismillahir rahmanir raheem
With Ramadhan coming up, it’s more important than ever to be mindful of how, what and how much we eat. Muslimah Healthy wrote an amazing article about The Science Behind Mindful Eating which you should check out.
A healthy food swap now could save you a lot of time, effort and avoid a sugar crash later on down the line. So here are my healthy food swaps!
SWAP Potato Crisps FOR Homemade Vegetable Crisps
I love crisps. The flavour, the texture, they’re just amazing. But, the average bag of Walkers Salt & Vinegar (my favourite flavour) has 0.5 grams of salt and 10 grams of fat. Homemade vegetable crisp not only have less fat, if you bake them yourself, you can control the amount of salt and other flavourings you include. These sweet potato crisps that I found on Pinterest look amazing. And who doesn’t love sweet potato?
SWAP Cheese and Crackers FOR an Apple and Nut Butter
Crackers and cheese are such an easy grab and go snack but between the processed flour used in Jacobs Crackers (which are my favourite) and the fat content of cheddar cheese I’ve had to reign in my snack obsession. I’m usually not much of an apple lover but lowe and behold, Instagram and YouTube introduced me to the wonderful world of apples and peanut butter.
SWAP Ice Cream FOR Nice Cream
Who doesn’t like ice cream! Whether you’re a plain Jane vanilla fan or you like something with a bit exotic, ice cream is FULL of fat and sugar. But nice cream isn’t. And what is nice cream I hear you ask? Nice cream is literally frozen bananas put in a blender/ food processor. Not only are you getting the benefit of the fruit, it’s quick, easy and you only need 1 ingredient. Just think of all the toppings you can add, nuts, dried fruit, the list is endless.
The Domestic Geek has 5 amazing ‘guilt free’ nice cream recipes that you can check out.
SWAP Milk Chocolate FOR Dark Chocolate
For some people, chocolate is chocolate. It doesn’t matter whether it’s milk, dark or white. BUT, dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants, may lower the risk of cardio vascular disease and improve brain function. So swap out the milk for dark in moderation and continue to enjoy a chocolately treat.
SWAP Shop Bought Popcorn FOR Homemade Popcorn
Anyone who knows me well knows I LOVE sweet popcorn. Just as an example with my favourite brand, per 40g serving I can expect 9.7g of sugar and 7.3g of fat. And I can guarantee you I don’t stop at 40g serving portions. A typical bag is around 200g which works out to 5 servings which I could happily eat to myself.
Buying your own popping corn and making your own skinny pop as opposed to buying a shop bought variety not only saves you money but allows you to customise the flavours to your liking.
Being healthy doesn’t mean you should compromise on flavour!
What are your healthy food swaps? What junk foods can you not do without? Comment below and let me know!