Weight loss has always been a challenge, no matter the circumstances. Especially when it has to be achieved via a proper nutritious diet, although we know that the right diet will aid in shedding those extra kilos. Sometimes, the condiments we enjoy make the meal; but beware, as indulging in the wrong ones will go against your goal. If you enjoy your condiments, then we bring you these easy swaps for healthier alternatives that can help speed up your weight loss process. The best part? You will not be making any sacrifices on the flavour front.
Replace Mayonnaise With Hummus, Greek Yoghurt Or Hung Curd
Is it the white creaminess of mayo that makes you reach out for that jar? Then, you must try hummus. This switch results in half the fat for double the amount and since it’s made from chickpeas and garlic, it can boost your intake of protein, minerals and antioxidants. What more? Add some cilantro or mint leaves for some flavour. You will forget mayo.
The texture of mayonnaise and Greek yoghurt is similar. Add little garlic, salt and herbs to Greek yoghurt and you have a dip, sandwich spread, or dressing that’s way better than mayonnaise. Yoghurt provides a smooth, creamy consistency and it easily absorbs flavours you add to it, so a spoonful or two is sure to be delicious. It's rich in gut-friendly bacteria, protein and calcium. Something that the mayo missed out on. Add flavour to the yoghurt by with garlic or chilli flakes, oregano, and mint chutney. It goes well with everything: chips, wings, cutlets, fries and other finger food. It is low in calories and healthy too.
Try both these mixes on an open-faced sandwich, a whole wheat wrap or as a dressing to a salad.
Replace Butter With Homemade White Butter, Avocados Or Nut Butters
Let’s go natural and explore the benefits of nature’s butter – avocado. Factory-made butter can mean a lot of saturated fat, sodium and preservatives. Avocados are loaded with heart-healthy fats called MUFAs. Plus, they have loads of vitamin E (anti-oxidant) and potassium (important for cardiac health and muscular contractions). Avacados also can help to de-bloat since they acts as a natural diuretic.
All nuts are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, so grinding them can lend them a buttery texture. Turn them into a paste with a slight drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle some Himalayan pink salt or kosher salt and voilà! Walnut, peanut, almond, cashew, hazelnuts – you name it. Spread it on your whole wheat toast, add a dollop of it to oatmeal and enjoy the creamy goodness knowing that per tablespoon, it packs fewer calories. You could even take a tablespoon of it to stave off afternoon hunger pangs.
Replace Cereal With Oatmeal, Wheat Flakes Or Home-made Muesli
Cereal might seem like the easiest breakfast option, but it’s probably one of the unhealthiest things you can feed your body first thing in the morning. Most cereals are processed and full of sugar. Instead, try a bowl of oatmeal which can take less than 10 minutes to whip up. Enjoy it warm or cold and top it with everything your heart loves – including chocolate. Always have a pack of oats handy, just for this!
Replace Ketchup With Spicy Mustard Or Home-made Salsa
Let us strictly say NO to ketchup. Each tablespoon packs about a teaspoon of high-fructose corn syrup aka refined sugar. It’s said that one-fourth of a bottle of ketchup is sugar. Kick up the flavour with mustard. The presence of cancer-fighting anti-oxidants similar to the ones present in broccoli or cabbage is like an added feather. Salsa is typically made of tomatoes, onions, chillies and cilantro. It’s rich in cancer-fighting lycopene. You can easily make a large batch and let it sit in your fridge for a couple of days. It’s actually a part of Mexican cuisine but goes well with sandwiches, lentil pancakes, vegetable dips.
Replace Carbonated Drinks With Flavoured Water Or Detox Water
If you are in the habit of guzzling down a few cans of cola every day, you need to stop. It can be difficult to drink plain tasteless water sometimes. So, flavour your water with a few slices of lemon, cucumbers or berries and you have naturally sweetened and flavoured water that’s delicious and way healthier.
Go For Dates, Cinnamon, or Cardamom Powder Instead Of Sugar
Next time you start adding sugar to your smoothie, stop and add a couple of dates instead. You’ll be surprised at how naturally sweet they can be and their flavour will add another dimension to your smoothie. In fact, date smoothies can taste pretty amazing and you’ll never go back to making smoothies any other way.
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