Small changes can add up to big rewards when it comes to healthy eating. Start by substituting your normal, sugary fruit juice for a veggie-fruit juice blend like V8 V-Fusion. Kids love the taste, and you’ll love the nutrients they are getting. Also try these other healthy food swaps to make an impact on your family’s health and nutrition.
Avoid the Lucky Charms, Fruit Loops and other sweet cereals and buy steel cut oats or whole grain cereals instead.
Sub whole grain bread for your usual white or sourdough bread. After a while, your kids won’t even remember white bread.
Ditch ordinary potato chips for baked tortilla chips instead. Also consider making your own chips from everything from sweet potatoes to kale.
Skip full fat cheese in favor of the low fat variety. If you must use full fat cheese, then use only 1/2 the amount you normally do.
Skip ground beef and start using ground turkey. Also remember to substitute that bun for a whole wheat bun, or forget about the bun altogether and wrap it in lettuce.
Instead of fatty mayo on sandwiches, swap it for mustard or hummus.
Agave or honey are good swaps for traditional white sugar. Just remember that honey isn’t a safe choice for little ones.
If you use frozen yogurt (or ice cream) in smoothies for kids, swap it for Greek yogurt, unsweetened soy milk or almond milk with a little ice.
If your family eats red meat every night of the week, swap out three nights for white chicken/turkey, fish or vegetables.
Canola oil or olive oil are better choices than other cooking oils. And use in moderation — you only need a little bit for most of your recipes.