Did you see the video I made for MumTalkTV a few weeks ago? It was my suggestions for a few simple food swaps you could make for a healthier 2015. It’s at the bottom of this post if you’d like to watch (it include me dancing like an Egyptian. What can I say, that is the effect green smoothies have on me – whoop!).
The lovely people at Waitrose asked me if I’d like to further my food swap efforts and try out their nifty Food Swap Tool.
The Waitrose nutritionist suggested 5 changes to our diet that we could make, we got straight on it and tried them this week.
The first change was swapping wholewheat pasta for our usual white spaghetti. This was a super easy change to make. I stealthily maneuvered the pasta in front of my toddler critics, stepped back into the depths of the kitchen, ready for a bowl to be hurled back at me. And… Nothing! No one noticed. What an anti-climax. Such a simple change, we will definitely stick with this one whenever we can. Thumbs up Waitrose.
The second change for me was to swap some of my (7 or 8 ish a day – eeek..) coffees and Earl Greys for herbal tea. I opted for a Gingerbread Green Tea, which is sweet and tasty enough to distract me a little from the lack of caffeine. I’d love to say I’ll keep this change but I am a committed coffee lover.. I’m going to aim to replace a couple of cups a day, after all, every little change helps doesn’t it?
The next swap was to try changing my evening chocolate nibbles for Medjool dates. These are high in calories, so should still be treated as a treat, but they are packed with fibre and B vitamins. We loved these. Fudgey and satisfying, they do really hit that sweet craving. I’m not ditching my chocolate habit quite yet, but I will certainly use these to replace occasional treats.
Life as a Mum to toddlers includes a fair amount of play dates. If you’ve ever experienced play dates with a rabble of small children, you will know, chocolate biscuits are pretty much compulsory for parental sanity. The swap suggested for me here was oatcakes spread with nut butters. As I am a peanut butter fiend, this was easy peasy. I still need the odd chocolate biscuit to survive, but now I do have an suitable alternative for those days I’m feeling virtuous.
Ice cream is my most favourite indulgence in the world ever, amen. The swap suggested for me by Waitrose was instant banana ice-cream. I love this suggestion as it’s one of my own favourite swaps when I’m trying to be a little more healthy. You can find my favourite recipe for it here: Instant Skinny Hazelnut Latte Ice Cream.
If you’d like to make some improvements to your diet, pop over to the Waitrose Food Swap tool for some inspiration.
My video for MumTalkTV is here if you’d like to see some of my favourite swaps.
Are you making any foodie swaps this year? What’s your biggest regular indulgence..?
This post was sponsored by Waitrose.
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