Avoid eggs because their high in cholesterol; stay away from sausage because its high in fat; skip dessert because it’s high in sugar… sound familiar? Well, don’t fret! Let’s banish those myths and learn how to indulge without the guilt. It’s amazing how a Simple-Swap can keep your calories in check but allow you to enjoy a satisfying meal at the same time.
Let’s take scenario #1, EGGS! We’ve talked about them before, but they’re such a stellar food, why not chat about them again?
Eggs not only provide essential vitamins and minerals, but they also rate high on the satiety index (aka…how full you feel after a meal). Researchers found overweight participants who ate a breakfast containing eggs instead of a simple carbohydrate breakfast (like a bagel) ate less calories within a 36 hour period after. Less calories consumed = less weight gained… Score!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; the key to your health is watching your portions and paying attention to labels. It’s amazing how two brands of chicken sausage can vary significantly in total calories, fat and sodium! One particular brand that I have found to satisfy my yearning for a delicious piece of meat without wrecking havoc on my waist line is the Johnsonville Chicken Pepper Sausage. Paired with a chopped salad and homemade creamy vinaigrette, I’d say this has become my favorite go-to meal for the week. Bonus… it takes less than 10 minutes to prepare!
So… now that you’ve been good for breakfast and lunch you’re eyeing the vending machine for the afternoon splurge…right? Resist your urge and plan ahead! Check out this satisfying PB Chocolate Yogurt dip you can nosh on at your desk with a fresh fruit of choice. I chose apple slices since their in season (aka on sale!) and packed with fiber to keep my hunger at bay until dinner rolls around.
Bottom line… there is no good or bad food. Every seemingly “bad food” has a “better for you” alternative out there, you just have to be open to trying new things! Have a “fear food” you want to know how to demystify? Feel free to comment here or post on Facebook! I’d love to hear from you.