Making better food choices is the cornerstone of the Better Choices Diet, which is actually more of a lifestyle change than a diet. The best part about this lifestyle is that you don’t have to eliminate any of your favorite foods. Just make better choices to keep calories and fat down, and healthy nutrients up.
There are better nutritional choices that we can make everyday, most of which don’t even feel like dieting. Concentrate on incorporating spices, eliminating as much added fat and refined sugar as possible, and the pounds will start to fade away. Here are four great snack options to consider when following the Better Choices Diet.
1. Veggie Platter
Trading fatty chips and dip for a tasty and healthy veggie platter may seem like a no-brainer. Unfortunately, when you load up your carrot sticks with mayo-based dips, you are undoing your low-cal benefits of crunching on veggies. Whip up a quick and tasty dip to top your veggie selections. Combine fat-free plain yogurt with a 1/2 tsp of each of these dried herbs: parsley, garlic powder, minced onion, and dill. Sprinkle in a little salt to taste, and add more dill for stronger flavor if desired. The results will be delicious.
2. Buffalo Wings
Grilled chicken tenders make for a tastier, meatier alternative to fatty wings that are over 50% fat. Combine 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper and a 1/4 tsp each of salt and black pepper. Sprinkle the mixture over one pound of chicken tenders and grill, turning once, about 3 minutes per side. Place the grilled tenders in a bowl with about 1/2 a cup of hot sauce. Louisiana-based varieties usually have more of that traditional buffalo flavor. Serve with fat-free ranch dressing or fat-free yogurt mixed with a little blue cheese. Don’t forget to serve celery sticks on the side.
3. Apple Pie
When you have a craving for something sweet, it’s often better to satisfy it than let it go, risking a huge sugar binge later. When you reach for dessert, your better choice is to start with fruit. Chop one apple with the skin on and sprinkle generously with cinnamon and stir. Microwave for one minute, stir and microwave again for 30 seconds. Add about 2 tbsp skim milk for creaminess, then top with a sprinkle of low-calorie granola. You can also crush another variety of cereal and sprinkle over the top to add to the depth of flavor.
Coffee concoctions can be laden with tons of extra sugar and fat. If you’re ever in doubt about what to order, just remember to keep it simple. Ideally, you’ll drink your coffee black. If you must add syrups or creams ask the barista to go easy on the pour. You’ll still have the sweet creamy flavor, but with fewer calories. Another option is to order a regular coffee with 1/2 (or even less) of your favorite sweetener, like mocha or vanilla.