When we decide to improve our diet by making better food choices, sometimes we feel that we are limiting ourselves. At the office we watch as people indulge in potato chips and candy while we opt for the crunchy sweetness of an apple. Good job, we are proud that you are making healthy food choices. We can enjoy the things we love while increasing our nutritional content. Our body functions optimally when we avoid processed foods that clog it up. Here are 15 great options that allow you to satisfy those cravings while picking a healthier option.
15 healthy food substitutes
Baked Eggplant Taco Shells for Corn Taco Shells
Eggplant: Reduces swelling, clears stagnant blood by dissolving congealed blood and accumulation such as tumors and helps reduce excess bleeding. A rich source of bioflavonoids which renew arteries, prevent strokes, and aid in calcium absorption.
Collard green or lettuce for Flour tortillas
Lettuce: Dries up damp conditions in the body such as edema and digestive ferments and yeast. Helpful in fighting hemorrhoids, acts as a natural diuretic, and alleviates scant urine and blood in urine. Lettuce is the highest source of silicon of common vegetables (silicon allows the body to metabolize and absorb calcium effectively). Used for increasing mothers milk production. Helps to relax the nerves without impairing digestion.
Banana Soft Serve for Ice Cream
Banana: Helps with constipation and ulcers if eaten ripened. Bananas eaten before completely ripened will halt diarrhea, colitis, and hemorrhoids. Detoxifies the body, and is useful in helping to overcome drug addictions (especially alcoholism). Rich in potassium and easy to digest, bananas are great for helping with hypertension and high blood pressure.
Zucchini Ribbons or Spaghetti Squash for Pasta
Zucchini: Helpful for stomach and spleen-pancreas, reduces inflammation in burns (apply fresh squash juice to relieve burns), improves circulation and alleviates pain. Summer squashes and zucchini help overcome summer heat, water retention/edema and difficulty urinating. Eat steamed summer squash or zucchini with its skin and seeds to destroy worms in the colon
To prepare spaghetti squash roast it in the oven and pull apart with a fork, spaghetti squash is a great low-carb and lower-calorie substitute for pasta. One squash will make between two and three servings.
Spaghetti squash: Helpful for stomach and spleen-pancreas, reduces inflammation in burns (apply fresh squash juice to relieve burns), improves circulation and alleviates pain. Summer squashes help overcome summer heat, water retention/edema and difficulty urinating.
Quinoa Porridge for Processed Cereals
Quinoa: High in protein, a good source of iron, B vitamins, vitamin E, and has more calcium than milk. Tonifies the kidneys and the pericardium functions. Here is an easy recipe for a energy packed breakfast.
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 1/2 cup coconut, hemp, almond or rice milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 dash cinnamon
1 Tbsp. maple syrup
1/4 cup blueberries
1 Tbsp. pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped
Bring the quinoa, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered until tender, about 15 minutes. Mix in the blueberries and top with the pecans.
Nutritional Yeast for Cheese
Baked Kale or Beet Chips instead of Potato Chips
Kale: Eases lung congestion, benefits the stomach, and good for anemic/weak persons. Abundant in sulfur and can be used to help those with stomach and duodenal ulcers (make fresh juices of kale and other veggies). An exceptional source of chlorophyll, amino acids, calcium, iron, and vitamin K, and can meet most of your daily nutrient requirements in these areas.
Beet: Strengthens the heart, improves circulation, purifies the blood, benefits the liver, helpful for those with anemia, moistens intestines and promotes menstruation. For hormone regulation during menopause, use in conjunction with carrot and chlorophyll rich foods (greens) to impart hormone balance. Helps those with liver stagnancy and liver ailments, as well as constipation, nervousness, and congestion with the vascular system. Rich in silicon, which increases the bodies ability to absorb calcium.
Dried fruit for Candy
Rolled Oats for Bread Crumbs
Soda Water for Tonic Water
Nuts for Croutons in Salads or Granola in Yogurt
The best way to eat seeds or nuts is to soak them overnight in water to initiate their sprouting process. This makes the proteins and fats more digestible. Drain the water and dry them, eat them raw or lightly roasted. Store hulled seeds in dark glass bottles in cold places. Do not store in plastic, as the oil rich food combines with plastic to form plasticides.
Nonfat Greek Yogurt for Mayo or Sour Cream
Applesauce for Oil, Butter or Sugar
Bulgar Wheat or Quinoa for White or Brown Rice
Cauliflower Mash or Mashed Potatoes
Cauliflower: Packed with phyto-nutrients that help prevent prostate, ovarian and cervical cancers. Cauliflower is rich in vitamin C and has good amounts of vital B-complex vitamins. It is also a good source of minerals such as manganese, copper, iron, calcium and potassium. Plus it is low in calories.