A few smart snack swaps may help reduce your caloric intake and be better for your health without forgoing taste. By making small changes in food choices, you can reduce your sugar and fat intake and increase your intake of vegetables, nuts, and heart healthy fats.
|Instead of this||Try this|
|Cake, cookies, or brownies||1 ounce of dark chocolate
You’ll still get the satisfying taste of chocolate and the beneficial flavonoids, but without the added flour, sugar, and fat.
|Creamy spinach dip||Salsa
Both taste great, but salsa adds flavor with tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cilantro instead mayonnaise or sour cream.
|Crackers or chips for dip||Vegetable sticks
Add vegetables into your diet and reduce refined carbohydrates at the same time.
|Creamy bottled salad dressings||Oil and vinegar
Bottled dressings often have added sugars and salt, but classic do-it-yourself oil and vinegar doesn’t add any sugar.
|Chips or pretzels||Mixed nuts
Chips and pretzels offer little health benefit along with their carbohydrates and fat. Mixed nuts, although still high in calories and fat, offer protein as well as heart-healthy fats and fiber.
The above ideas are offered by Dr. Shillingford’s staff at his South Florida office for surgical weight loss solutions. While preparing for your gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery, these food swap suggestions may help you reduce your calories and promote more positive food choices.
Making a few simple food swaps can be an easy switch without leaving you feeling hungry or unsatisfied. Try these, and then come up with a few of your own!