IMG_7351I want to share with you some healthy alternatives that will work to your favor, allowing you to maintain your physique and better your health.

Cow’s Milk vs. Almond Milk

You’ve heard all your life to drink milk because it is good for your bones and dense in calcium. I’d be willing to bet the vast majority of you reach for cows milk instead of almond milk. Unfortunately, cow’s milk products are full of synthetics and can be difficult for the stomach to digest. But have no fear, there is a better source of milk that you might have looked past- Almond Milk. I switched from cow’s milk to almond milk about a year ago and haven’t looked back since. Almond Milk, in comparison to cow’s milk, contains double the amount of calcium, contains only 30 calories in ONE CUP and is gluten, soy and lactose free. I use Almond milk in my coffee, in my cereal and for every day cooking and baking purposes. However, it is very important to be aware that almond milk has a shelf life of about 1 week after it has been opened. I know from experience that if you consume it after the expiration date you WILL get sick. I place a sticky note with the date that I opened it and the date it will expire on the carton as a reminder. Because almond milk is lactose free it also keeps my stomach tight and does not cause bloating like cows milk. Silk Milk sells vanilla and chocolate flavors too! Happy shopping 🙂

Snickers Bar vs Lean Body Gold Caramel Delight Bar

Chocolate: We love how it tastes but we hate what it does to our body, right? Well, thanks to Labrada Nutrition you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in chocolate. Labrada Nutrition has recently released a high protein energy bar called Lean Body Gold – Caramel Peanut Flavor that customers report taste just like a Snickers bar! Not only does the new Lean Body Gold Caramel Peanut Bar satisfy my sweet tooth but also it ensures I get 25g of protein and only contains 5-7g of sugar! Snickers only contain 4g of protein and have a whopping 27g of sugar. The S’mores Delight and Peanut Butter & Jelly are also to die for. Try it once and thank me later.

Wheat Bread vs. Ezekiel Bread

A common misconception is that wheat bread is healthy but it is actually still processed and stripped of most of its nutrients to preserve the grain longer, like white bread. So wheat bread is a big no no.

Sprouted grains, however, like Food For Life Ezekiel products are much better for you. Ezekiel products have an interesting combination of 6 grains and legumes that is far better for you than regular whole grain or wheat bread. It has a low glycemic index as well which means it has very little affect on your blood sugar levels in turn helping you lose weight. They contain more protein, fiber enzymes and vitamins than white or wheat bread and are not stripped of their nutrients either. Food For Life offers a variety of products such as muffins (similar to English muffins, not pastry muffins), tortillas, pitas, cereals and the list goes on. I’m a bit of a bread head so these products made my transition into a clean eating regimen much easier.

Here is the link for their store locator to help you find Ezekiel products near your local grocery store:

About the Author

Summer Petro is a nutrition/ dietetics student at Auburn University and will be graduating next year. She currently works as a nutritionist’s assistant at Methodist Hospital and she also won the NPC Texas State Championships in her Bikini Class!

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