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10 Healthy Food Swaps (That Won’t Make You Hate Your Life)

Yeah, that’s right. Because I can’t trust anyone who tells me to satisfy my chocolate craving with a single raw almond. I’m just looking at them like…

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NOPE.

So, for all my Bad Yogis, and especially for those of you doing the Perfect Body Yoga Program, I wanted to create a handy list of the swaps I personally use that don’t make me hate my life. There’s no true replacement for a delectable piece of high quality dark chocolate, so we’re not even going to pretend here.

These are swaps for every day life. They’re easy to make and more importantly, easy to find in your local grocery store.

A few notes:
– Cashew milk. Almond Dream makes a cashew milk that I saw in Target, Publix, Whole Foods and even Walmart back in Tampa. It was similarly priced as almond milk and with a much less bitter taste. AND it’s creamier than almond milk which is nice if you’re used to regular dairy cream or whole milk.

– Roasted Chickpeas. Yes, I was skeptical, too. But after roasting these in the oven with a little olive oil, garlic powder, salt, cayenne, and pepper, I was hooked on their crunchy, hearty taste. You will be too.

– Homemade trailmix. Not only is buying “trailmix” super expensive, but you usually end up picking out 1/2 of it because it has stuff you don’t even like. Why waste $$$ and time?! I combine organic salted peanuts, no sugar added raisons or cranberries, raw pumpkin seeds and dairy-free chocolate chips for an afternoon pick-me-up that’s low in sugar and high in all the good stuff.

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Over to you! What are your favorite food swaps? If you’re doing PBYP, how’s it been going with the food challenge element?

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13 Comments

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    Christine

    July 14, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Great ideas! I also like to make my own hummus. It’s fun to make different kinds with ingredients from my garden and spice cabinet. Roasted tomato and basil….

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      Staci

      July 15, 2016 at 1:35 am

      Yes! I made a Bloody Mary hummus not long ago and it totally satisfied the craving!

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    Amy

    July 14, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Some good ideas! I never truly know how to make my own granola/trail mix…

    I can’t wait to try sparking water… ?

    So handy to have a nudge sometimes! X

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    alex

    July 14, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    I love that! I swapped cows milk for almond and rice milk a long time ago.. no I totally dislike the taste of cows milk!
    I’m also using Coconut oil instead of any other cooking oils and instead of eating a bowl of store bought mixed cereal/muesli I mix it myself! no added sugars and other bad things… I like to put sunflower seeds, walnuts, oats, chia seeds and flax seeds on my fruit for breakfast. its the best ^_^
    Even little things like peanut butter without the added sugar and wholegrain/wholemeal instead of plain white go a long way.

    happy swapping everyone 🙂

  4. Megan Reddix

    Megan Reddix

    July 15, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I love roasted chickpeas! I’m still pretty curious about greek yogurt as sour cream. I am not a fan of greek yogurt but I LOOOVE sour cream. I have been avoiding it for a couple weeks now (PBYP) but with the amount of Mexican type meals me and my Texan consume, it’s getting pretty hard to resist

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      Lisa

      July 16, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Megan – roasted chickpeas sound lush – will canned chickpeas work?

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        lynne moore

        July 17, 2016 at 11:39 am

        Lisa, I believe so… I am sure I have seen a recipe with the canned option. I haven’t tried them yet, myself. But the trick with most roasted veggies is to get them pretty dry; may need to rinse and let them dry out some.

      2. Megan Reddix

        Megan Reddix

        July 18, 2016 at 11:18 am

        Hi Lisa! I have actually only used canned chickpeas. I use a very small amount of vegetable oil just to lightly line the bottom of a pan, pour the chickpeas into the pan (after draining them), add some seasoning, roll them around a little, then pop them in the oven. I set my oven to 400 F and just keep an eye on them until they are dark enough for my liking.

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      Michal S. Pickering

      July 26, 2016 at 1:21 am

      Yes I love roasted chickpeas too. It’s my favourite snack. Crunchy, aromatic and yummy.

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    Daniel E. Hampton

    July 16, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Woah! Great article! Helpful for me. But I really really love cakes.

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    Kim W. Ramos

    July 17, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Your ideas are so wonderful. I’m really eager to make changes right now. I love cashew milk. it tastes great.

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    Bobby C. Nickles

    July 20, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Oh, i like cow milk , chips, soda but i think i must change. Thank for your post. I found a lot of usefull information

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