My favorite blog series is back after a long hiatus! 🙂 HTP Swaps and Additions was originally started because I hated the way certain womenâ€™s magazines suggested that health was about eliminating or restricting. As I said in the first HTP Swaps and Additions post, I hope my blog illustrates that healthy living is about changing something small or even ADDING something to your life more than itâ€™s about taking anything away.
And because weâ€™re NOT all the same, Iâ€™d love to hear your suggestions for HTP Swaps and Additions, too!
HTP SWAP: I love, love, LOVE jam, but a really nice change of pace is whole, fresh berries on top of toast. It tastes amazing (dare I say itâ€™s even better than jam?) and, of course, youâ€™re consuming less added sugar by eating the whole fruit instead of jam or jelly. My blood sugar says thanks.
HTP ADD: Havenâ€™t really blogged about this in depth yet, but Iâ€™m getting really into meditation. For 10 minutes a day (all I can sit through so far), I visually a cleansing, white smoke filling every inch of my body with each breath I take. With every breath, the smoke goes deeper into my body, seeping from my lungs into my stomach, from my stomach into my legs, etc. When I breathe out, the smoke escapes, taking out all my bad thoughts and stresses. Itâ€™s a nice visualization and very calming. Try it! Meditation rules.
HTP SWAP: While on road trips, we usually pack our own food and stash everything in a small cooler in the back seat. First of all, this saves TONS of money. Secondly, itâ€™s usually hard to find healthy, non-fried food on the road, and itâ€™s even harder to find vegetarian and vegan meals. When we canâ€™t pack our food, the Husband and I search out grocery stores. You can pick up whole fruit, pre-cut veggies, yogurt, granola bars, deli sandwiches, and other healthy food at a grocery store â€“ and itâ€™s usually cheaper than getting food at a restaurant, drive-thru, or gas station. Keep your eye out for a Whole Foods/Earth Fare, too â€“ the hot bars are to die for.
HTP ADD: I think dates are an excellent pre- or mid-workout snack because they are loaded with natural sugars and easily digestible. Gu and Sports Beans are convenient, but nothing beats natureâ€™s candy!
Tip: Tightly pack them dates in a plastic bag and safety pin it between your sports bra and shirt if you donâ€™t have a pocket.
HTP ADD: Parsnip fries. Read my Ode to Parsnip Fries if you donâ€™t know why you MUST add this vegetable to your life.
HTP ADD: If you are short on time during the work week, make a huge dish of quinoa with a variety of cooked veggies and a protein (tofu or beans or meat, if thatâ€™s your thing) mixed in. The quinoa mix will last three days and you can use it to create a variety of meals. For example, you can eat it plain as an entree, as a side dish, on a bed of spinach, or in a wrap. You can even beat 1 cup cheese, 2 eggs, and about 1/4 milk into 4 cups of the quinoa mix, pour it into a casserole dish, bake at 350 for half an hour or so, and make it into a casserole!
HTP ADD: Get sneaky with vegetables. When I started this blog, I actually hated vegetables â€“ seriously. But I began to love them (learning to roast veggies properly was a HUGE turning point for me) and you can, too. :) Think of ways to sneak veggies into other dishesâ€¦ like putting macaroni and cheese on top of a bed of spinach + mixing in broccoli. Ta-da!
What healthy swaps and additions have you made recently?
Check out the other posts in this series: