Eating healthy or making changes to your diet doesn't have to be extreme. Substituting ingredients with natural options goes a long way, says sports nutritionist Harvie De Baron. “ Taking away what's processed and unnatural in food means prep requires more effort, but realizing you can do away with unhealthy ingredients is worth it in the long run. ?
Even swaps like ditching mixes for basic ingredients already significantly cuts down your intake of MSG, excess sodium, and saturated fats. Have a sweet tooth? Try The Baron Method's take on the beloved, and often sinful, brownie.
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Gluten-free Banana Brownies.
6 large eggs 6 medium overripe bananas, mashed 2 Tbsp virgin coconut oil 2Tbsp raw honey 2tsp muscovado sugar (optional)
1 tsp real vanilla extract 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 cup coconut flour 1/2 cup raw cacao nibs, grind to powder 1/2 cupdark chocolate chips (at least 65% dark)
1 Preheat oven at 325°F
2 Combine eggs, mashed bananas, VCO, raw honey, muscovado, vanilla extract. Beat until consistency is creamy.
3 Combine sea salt, baking soda, coconut flour, powdered cacao nibs.
Add to wet ingredients.
4 Add chocolate chips to batter.
5 Bake for 20-25 minutes.
(if using a muffin pan) 30-35 minutes (if using a loaf pan).
HAVE A FLAT BELLY DAY
Eat your way to a flatter, toned tummy! Carolyn Scott-Hamilton, the Colombian-born holistic nutritionist, vegan chef, and cookbook author also known as The Healthy Voyager, created this flat-belly eating plan to help you stay trim and satisfied.
1 slice of whole wheat bread 1 tbsp natural peanut butter 1 cup berries.
Eating easy-to-digest foods, like fiber-rich whole grains and berries, reduces bloat and cranks up belly-fat burn. Lean proteins, like nut butters, give you an energy boost.
2 cups spinach 1/4 avocado, sliced 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes 2 tsp olive oil.
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
Monounsaturated fats (hi, avocados! ) cleanse bad fats and reduce cortisol, which cuts down inflammation.
1 black bean veggie burger patty.
1 small sweet potato, roasted 1/2 cup asparagus, sauteed.
2 tsp olive oil and garlic for sauteing.
Sweet spuds provide sleep-inducing complex carbs lack of sleep leads to weight gain.
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