When it comes to clean eating, having a completely clean diet can seem like a lot of work. Start your clean eating diet out by simply switching these three common ingredients for a cleaner, healthier alternative ingredient.
- Honey for Sugar: Replacing sugar is one of the easiest ones to do because the options are many. In addition to replacing with honey you can use unsweetened applesauce or maple syrup. Sugar is used in many recipes or even just in your morning coffee or tea. By replacing with local honey you are also helping fight off your seasonal allergies. When using different ingredients to replace sugar be sure to look up the conversion rates, as one cup of sugar does not equal one cup of honey.
- Quinoa for Rice: While rice is really yummy and over all not that bad for you, quinoa is full of protein, fiber and other nutrients making it a much more beneficial starch to include in your recipes and meals. Although the taste and texture is a little different, it is a very tasty rice replacement. There are countless recipes calling for the use of quinoa and plenty where you can simply substitute the called-for rice with quinoa.
- Plain Greek Yogurt for Sour Cream: Without a huge difference in taste, texture, or prices, most people wont even notice the change! Sour Cream has basically zero nutritional value, so why do we use it as a filler and topper for so many of our common meals? Plain Greek Yogurt has less fat and calories than sour cream, and more protein, potassium and vitamins than sour cream. As an added bonus, Greek yogurt can be used as a tasty healthy addition to breakfast parfaits or smoothies.