Want an easy way to cut out some of those ingredients that you should have ditched ages ago? Here are five things in your pantry/refrigerator that are outdated by healthy standards and can be swapped out for MUCH healthier alternatives.
1. Cow’s Milk for—>ALMOND MILK
Adults and grown children alike shouldn’t be drinking milk that comes from cows. Even if your milk is organic, cows still produce hormones that are passed through their milk in order to make their calves turn into big cows. So, basically, when humans ingest cow’s milk, they are ingesting hormones meant for facilitating the growth of a calf into a cow (EVEN IF YOUR MILK IS ORGANIC). Do you see where I’m headed here? Everything in moderation, though, guys. If you use milk to pour a splash in your tea, and that’s your thing & you’re not giving it up, fine… but if you use milk with cereal, baking, or just drinking it straight up, try switching to Almond Milk. It will taste different at first, because your taste buds aren’t used to it. This is not bad. Give it a week or so and it’ll be the new normal! Most people actually like almond milk better than cow’s milk (it isn’t as thick). It is also better for you than soy. I don’t have enough character space on this page to get into the dangers of pumping yourself full of soy. OY.
2. Dairy Yogurt for—->Coconut Milk Yogurt
There have been a lot of studies recently about how yogurt really isn’t all that great for you. The active cultures that may have been found in it are being counteracted by the sugar content. I don’t eat any yogurt at all, including this one (because I try not to eat much sugar), but if you are a yogurt person who just has to have it, then try switching to this stuff. It does taste a little different, but you’ll get used to it. Once again, it is better to cut out dairy where you can. Save your dairy eating for those times when you just HAVE to eat a cheese pizza. Don’t waste your dairy cheats on mundane shit like yogurt! Swap it out.
3. Soy Sauce for—> Tamari
Soy Sauce is made with soy beans and wheat…this means soy sauce has gluten in it. A better choice would be Tamari. It has a little bit lighter and richer taste than soy sauce, and it is DELICIOUS. It is naturally gluten free. This is an easy swap you can make!
4. Regular Noodles for—> Gluten Free Noodles
There are so many types of gluten free noodles out there nowadays made from quinoa, brown rice, corn, etc. I am so used to eating them now that regular noodles taste weird to me. If you do ANY of these swaps, please include this one, especially if your kids like noodles. I urge you to educate yourself about what an overdose of gluten can do to the body, brain, and behavior, especially if you have children!
5. Table Salt to—> Himalayan Pink Salt
This is something that literally everyone should do if you aren’t already. Table salt can easily effect blood pressure and your body in so many ways. Some people are still naysayers of the pink salt, but I have used it for years, generously (I love me some salt), and It doesn’t make me feel nearly as swollen or bloated as the other stuff. Some people claim that switching lowered their blood pressure & relieved hypertension. Hey, even if it’s not true, it can’t hurt to switch! It tastes better than the regular stuff AND it’s PINK!
I know it seems like I’m saying, “Don’t ever eat dairy and gluten”, but the truth is, I really feel that we all need to eat bad stuff sometimes….but only when it’s worth it. My eating goal is it cut as much of the unnecessary crap out as I can when it doesn’t matter, that way I can enjoy some of the yummy, naughty stuff when it is actually worth it.
Do yourself a favor and follow these tips! Here are a few extra ideas to reduce your intake of the bad stuff at home:
- Instead of regular chicken or vegetable broth in the carton, always buy the LOW SODIUM one instead. Tastes the same, except it has about half the sodium content.
- Buy gluten free cereal. I don’t really back cereal, but if you are going to buy it, there are tons of kids cereals now that are gluten free, super crunchy & taste amazing. They are made from corn and rice instead of wheat, so make sure you buy ones that are organic to avoid GMO’s.
- Buy gluten free bread, bagels, waffles, etc…. Try many brands until you find the one you like best.
- Swap out your refined sugar for Raw Cane Sugar
- Swap out your coffee creamer for “So Delicious” brand coconut creamer. It comes in different flavors, too!
- Use raw honey instead of sugar in your tea.
- Buy organic ketchup instead of regular.