By: Alissa Rumsey MS, RD, CDN, CSCS
When it comes to eating better, cutting back on the highly processed foods you eat is a good place to start. These foods are stripped of nutrients, providing little fiber, antioxidants or vitamins and minerals. More often than not they are full of sugar or salt, which can have major effects on our health (not to mention our weight). I know it can seem tough to always eat “from scratch” so here are 10 easy swaps to take the place of common convenience foods.
They say great abs are made in the kitchen, and they’re right! We don’t know about you, but we certainly don’t want to be undoing all our hard work exercising by not eating properly. Today, we’ve got tips from nutritionists about how they maintain a flat tummy.
Stefanie Sacks: Culinary nutritionist and author of What the Fork Are You Eating?: An Action Plan for Your Pantry and Plate. Continue reading
Just because you’re short on time or looking for convenience, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a healthy snack! Caroline Kaufman, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, says to look for a snack that’s made with whole ingredients, and that contains at least two of the following components: healthy fats, protein and fiber. When looking at the ingredient list, she says to stay away from products that have sugar listed as the first or second ingredient – and to look for whole grains and at least 2-3 grams of protein. Next time you’re at the store, keep an eye out for her top healthy snack picks!
KIND Bars make a great snack option because they contain healthy fats, fiber and protein, and have less than 5 grams of sugar per bar. Caroline loves the Nuts & Spices line, which get their flavor from ingredients like vanilla, chili and sea salt. She also loves the STRONG line of savory bars, and says the spicy flavors like Roasted Jalapeno and Honey Mustard give your metabolism a boost!