Tasty Tip Tuesday - Food Swaps for a Healthier You

Tuesday, January 6 2015 12:06 PM
By Stephen Valenti

Each Tuesday we will have a tasty tip for you from our Executive Chef, Erik Hyre, or a special guest chef. In honor of the new year, and so many people making healthy and weight conscious resolutions, we are kicking off our Tasty Tip Tuesdays on a healthy note.

The best way to trim your waist line after the holidays is really pretty simple once you change your routine. You just have to become aware of what you eat. Yes you will have to do some counting of calories but once you get into a swing of it and it becomes routine it really becomes easier as it goes.  

Eating food in moderation and exercise are the two main goals one needs to change in their lifestyle to lose those unwanted pounds. Completely cutting fat and calories from your diet is extremely hard but also dangerous. Your body needs those in order to survive. So don't cut out the butter, creams, fried foods, chocolate and sweets just yet. Control what you want to eat through portion control. The average male according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture needs 2,000 to 2,600 calories per day. For the average woman 1,600 to 2,000 calories per day. You can have some of the bad foods if you stay in these guidelines and exercise just a little.  

Making a few swaps, can make a big difference. Change the foods you eat from butter to olive oil. Change the heavy cream in pastas to half and half or make your pasta with roasted garlic olive oil. Swap your fried foods to steamed foods, and chocolates to fruit. All of these small changes in a day can make a huge difference in the calories you intake on a daily basis. Add more fruits (apples, bananas, grapes, kiwi, pineapple, etc), green vegetables (broccoli, green beans, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, zucchini), nuts (walnuts, pecans, peanuts un-salted and un-roasted), protein bars that are low in sugars (they make you feel full without the sugars and curb your appetite), add more salad to your diet (substitute a vinaigrette dressing for the ranch or blue cheese dressing).

There are lots of options when eating out and trying to get your diet back on track. When eating a sandwich, ask for it without the bun and/or change your side from fries to a salad or green vegetables. If you don't see something on the menu, just ask. We can accommodate for something as simple as a grilled chicken breast or fish and side of steamed broccoli, or other greens. Another option is to have half of your meal put in a to-go container before it even gets to your table. That way you can have something delicious both now and later, in smaller portions.

Moderation is key! Do you want that big juicy steak, but know you should probably opt for a salad? Have the best of both worlds with Hereford House's Steak Salad.

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