Guest Blog Provided by blogger Stacia B.

We understand: The tough reality is that it can be difficult to eat healthy all the time. All those snacks and sweets are so tempting that giving up a healthy diet is an easy choice that too many people make.

But that’s only because we make healthy eating more complicated than it is. Instead of feeling like you have to give up everything you love, try thinking about how you can replace your unhealthy favorites with similar but healthier options. Only then can you start on a true lifestyle change without the added stress.

You’ll be surprised by how many simple healthy food substitutions there are and how easy they are to apply. And the best part is, most times you won’t even be able to tell!

Sweet potatoes for chips

Sweet potatoes are the healthier yet tasty alternative to regular potato chips. They have high levels of beta-carotene and have been proven to raise levels of Vitamin A in our blood. Sweet potatoes are also full of Vitamins B6, C, and D, among other surprising health benefits.

Dark chocolate for regular chocolate

Opting for organic dark chocolate instead of milk or white chocolate is much better for you. Dark chocolate is actually quite nutritious and contains fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium – all of which are good for your health. It’s also full of antioxidants, which help keep you young.

Brown rice for white rice

White rice is one of the highest glycemic foods that are the worst for your blood sugar. So, it’s better to improve your diet with tasty and healthy alternatives. The closest one would be brown rice, which has higher protein content. This change could lead to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. And the best part is, you can still use your regular rice cooker for brown rice, or any white rice substitute. This article highlights how today’s rice cookers are versatile enough to adjust to most types of grains, like brown rice and quinoa. The same can be said for the likes of barley and couscous, too.

Frozen yoghurt for ice cream

Ice cream is essentially whipped and frozen sugar and fat. Frozen yoghurt is a lot lower in both, and contains probiotics to help cleanse our digestive system. Try pairing it with fresh fruit or nuts as a sweet and tasty dessert.

Butter for margarine

There have been several debates on the health benefits of butter versus margarine, which often bring up the various additives in margarine. Using a good quality olive oil spread or butter for baking can make your cupcakes and other pastries light as air, as well as being a lot healthier.

Dried fruit for candies

Most of us have a sweet tooth, but high-sugar candies have little to no nutritional value. Replace them with healthier dried fruits like mango, apple, or cherry. For a much healthier alternative, try dried goji berries, which are full of nutrients.

Chicken breasts for beef burger patties

Your standard burger can have around 350 calories in it, but if you replace the regular beef patty with a grilled chicken breast, it will be just 220 calories — and that’s for a large 150g piece of chicken. This easy switch lets you go for the healthier source of protein.