I love the Yoplait yogurt commercial with the spelling bee and the little boy who is told to spell Swapportunity. He asks for the definition and the spelling bee facilitator says, “The opportunity to swap a higher calorie snack for a Yoplait light.” And the boy declares: “That’s not a real word!” But it actually is a great portmanteau (blended) word and an excellent concept for keeping your calories in check.
By using the concept of swapportunity, you can avoid calorie overload when you are trying to lose weight, or on those days when you are craving your favorite food. You may be surprised to find out that there are some yummy and surprisingly satisfying lower calorie snacks that make the grade for not only being lower in calories but also higher in nutritional value! Here are a few of my favorite swapportunity suggestions for healthy food swaps!
Swap Arctic Zero for ice cream. Ice cream is one of the guiltiest pleasures and certainly one of my favorite foods, but a pint of Chunky Monkey can set you back 1,160 calories and 72 grams of fat, not to mention put you in a state of sugar shock. I found a product several years ago called Arctic Zero and it is my favorite ice cream-like treat. It’s basically a delicious-tasting protein shake you can spoon. It is made with whey protein, and if you have one of those nights where you sit down and devour a whole pint in front of the TV, you’d only be setting yourself back by 150 calories! Arctic Zero was developed to provide the health benefits, nutrition, and the taste of ice cream without the negative impact. It satisfies your ice cream craving and feeds your muscles due to the high quality whey protein concentrate and low calorie/low carb formula. While icier than regular ice cream, Arctic Zero comes in all sorts of flavors, tastes great and it really is delicious. My favorite flavor is the Strawberry, but I also love the Vanilla Maple and the Mint Chocolate Cookie. Arctic Zero is all natural, gluten free, suitable for lactose intolerants, and low glycemic. No artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners and non-GMO. You can now find Arctic Zero in thousands of grocery stores.
Swap PB2 for your peanut butter. Okay,I have a love affair with peanut butter and could eat it right from the spoon. You know peanut butter is made from nuts (healthy fats) and has protein, but the creamy peanut butter typically found at your store contains around 200 calories for two tablespoons, 18 grams of fat and added sugars. If you add an additional dollop into your smoothie you may be getting more calories and fat per day from peanut butter than you think. I discovered a healthy alternative for peanut butter called PB2 and I love it. It isn’t made with chemicals, artificial sweeteners or preservatives. The company uses a special process of roasting the peanuts and squeezing out the extra oil leaving you with 85% less fat and calories than ordinary peanut butter (45 calories and 1.5 grams of fat.) PB2 is spreadable just like the peanut butter you are accustomed to and it is delicious. It comes in powder form and you just mix a little with water and it tastes just like normal peanut butter, except with a lot less fat and sugar. I use PB2 for PB&J’s, dip for fruit and veggies and plop it into smoothies. You can buy it at some grocery stores or Amazon.com. I also used it recently for a delicious chicken kebab recipe.
Swap NoOodles for regular pasta. A plate of pasta just sounds so good every so often, but for those looking to control their calories, a pile of pasta can be the beginning of aslippery slope.A typical plateful of spaghetti with meat sauce will weigh you down with 700-1000 calories. But my friend, Chef Terri Rogers, developed theNoOodle™ Shirtaki noodles and I’m now officially hooked. As we all know, typical pastas and noodles are made of starch, so they have plenty of calories and carbohydrates. But NoOodle noodles have no calories, no fat, no soy, no gluten, hence—NO GUILT! Don’t believe me? Made from glucomannan flour, which comes from the roots of the Asian Konjac plant it is a richsource of soluble fiber with, yes, zero calories. Boasting many health and weight loss benefits, glucomannan is a water-soluble dietary fiber that has the ability to absorb water in the stomach and expand to several times its size as a bulky fiber thus increasing satiety. (Dr. Oz just spoke highly of glucomannan recently on one of his shows.) Try Chef Terri’s recipes for low calorie, satisfying dinners http://www.nooodle.com/recipes/ Check out the top 10 benefits of eating glucomannan http://www.nooodle.com/what-is-nooodle/top-ten-benefits/
If you are trying to lose weight or just control your calories, take the opportunity to make these swaps and you will no longer sabotage your day of healthy eating! Are there any high calorie foods you swap out for a healthier version? Please do share!