Got a big event coming up? Before you hit the grocery store, check out these five easy swaps from Health and Fitness Expert and Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour. Steph stopped by CBS Chicago to chat about how to make our favorite go-to party foods a lot more nutritious!
Q: What do dips, burgers, tacos, and chili all have in common?
A: They are delicious!
But on a serious note—those are the heavy hitters of the party food scene and I’ve got ways to lighten up all of them. I enjoy teaching my private weight loss clients how to choose ingredients that will give them the most nutrients without missing out on flavor or fun.
Dive Into Your Dips
Endive that is! Normally we use regular potato chips, tortilla chips, or even pita chips as carriers for those delicious, creamy dips. My suggestion though? Step away from the chips and choose carrot coins, snap peas, or endives instead. Vegetables are packed full of the vitamins and minerals that our bodies need.
Also: Soup Up Your Dips
And we’re not talking chicken soup! Step up your dips by swapping out sour cream for Greek yogurt. I love using Greek yogurt as a base for dips because it’s higher in protein, will help you feel satiated, and keep your blood sugar levels more constant. That’s a win-win…or rather a win-win-win!
Fatten Up Your Burger
Yes, this sounds counter-intuitive, but hear me out. When it comes to choosing beef for your burger you want to go with a leaner variety, but when it comes to toppings for that burger? Swap mayo and/or cheese out for the healthy fats found in the amazing avocado! Slice about half an avocado on top of your burger for a flavor explosion that will keep you feeling fuller longer.
Add Extra Crunch to Tacos
Who doesn’t love tacos, am I right? Whether you’re enjoying hard or soft shell tacos, here’s a healthy way to add some satisfying, good-for-you crunch—kale! Kale is much more nutrient-dense than romaine or iceberg, so instead of shredded lettuce, fill those bad boys up with this anti-inflammatory, power green. You’ll be enjoying your food, without sacrificing taste, and while increasing your intake of Vitamins C, A, and E!
Beef Up Your Chili
If you bought the giant tub of kale and didn’t use it all on taco night—good news! You can throw some of it in your chili, as well some bell pepper for an extra dose of that Vitamin C. My other recommendation is to swap out beef for ground turkey which will boost the amount of lean protein per bowl.
I don’t know about you, but all this food talk has got me hungry. For even more guidance in the kitchen I encourage you to check out my 7 Day Easy Meal Plan + Recipe Book.
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