Five Favorite Healthy Food Swaps Part 1

March 3, 2017

We are already in the third month of the year, y’all!  I hope you have been doing a great job with achieving your goals and resolutions.  One of my goals is to continue making healthy choices and eat foods that are better for me and have more nutritional value.  Today, I am sharing five of my favorite healthy food swaps.

Use bell peppers

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Stuff bell peppers instead of a taco. On Taco Tuesday, ditch the hard taco shells or soft tortillas, and put all of your toppings inside a boiled bell pepper.  Simply cut off the pepper and hollow it out.  Then, place the peppers in a large pot, cover with water, and bring to boil.

Make your salad dressings

Throw out your salad dressings.  Store bought dressings are full of sugars and sodium.  Instead, make your own dressings at home.  Combine 2 parts apple cider vinegar and 1 part olive oil, then add salt and pepper as desired.  For a lemon vinaigrette, mix olive oil with fresh squeezed lemon juice and garlic, then add salt and pepper as desired.

Greek yogurt

Use Greek yogurt for sour cream or make your own dip!  If you haven’t tried swapping Greek yogurt for sour cream, you are missing out.  Next time you reach for sour cream to top your taco or dollop your baked potato, grab Greek yogurt instead.  For a healthy dip, mix together shredded spinach, salt, pepper, pesto and Greek yogurt. Use pita chips or vegetables to dip.

Alternate pasta

Spaghetti squash/zucchini pasta-  Try using spaghetti squash or making zucchini pasta with a spiralizer in your next pasta dish.  Add some ground turkey and mozzarella for a decadent, low-carb alternative to heavy pasta.

Sparkling water

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Sparkling water is the perfect substitute for soft drinks.  You can buy a variety of natural flavors or make your own by squeezing different fruits and mixing up before serving.


Come back next week to read part 2 and get five more healthy food swaps to make 2017 the best yet.

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What are your favorite healthy food swaps? Leave me a comment below!

  • Bonnie Marrow March 3, 2017 at 6:25 am

    I’ve been waiting a ring to toncooknwith more bell peppers…and Greek yogurt is like the best substitute!

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      Yes! I agree completely. I make that yogurt dip weekly. haha.

  • Tash Thomas March 3, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Loving the first idea of using red peppers instead of tacos!!! Genius!!! I will be making this at the weekend for sure!

    My fridge is always filled with at least 2 bottles of sparkling water to.

    Thanks for the tip!

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks, girl! It’s really delicious and so fun.

  • candy March 3, 2017 at 7:31 am

    I feel pretty good about what I am doing after reading your post. Always make our own dressings and yogurt we always switch out and use. We drink plenty of water.

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      You’re doing it right then. Way to go!!

  • Victoria Onken March 3, 2017 at 8:30 am

    thank you for the post, very handy tips. Bell peppers give me heartburn, so is there another vegetable I can substitute it with?

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      I would suggest doing lettuce wrap tacos then. Much easier on the heart. Use iceberg lettuce for crunch, or collard greens. 🙂

  • Jessy March 3, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Such great ideas! Everything sounds super yummy. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    xo, Jessy |

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      Of course! I hope you had a great weekend. 🙂

  • Ayanna March 3, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Awesome ideas! I never thought about all the possibilities for stuffed peppers.

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      There are so many!!

  • Isabelle @ Life With Isabelle March 3, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Mmmmm I love stuffed bell peppers – super healthy too and a great opportunity for sneaking in some extra veggies into whatever mix you’re putting inside!

    I’ve never tried zucchini pasta though, but I’ve seen it around at the stores so maybe I’ll give it a go 🙂

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      Yes! Great at sneaking in more veggies for sure.

  • Sara March 3, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    These are such great ideas!! I’m going to have to try the pasta swaps… I know everyone loves it and I still haven’t tried it!

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      They are really great. Kind of a different texture. 🙂

  • Penny Struebig March 4, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Love the bell pepper idea! I, too, have been trying to eat better this year and love reading these tips.

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      Thank you. 🙂 Hopefully you will come back on Friday for part 2.

  • Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons March 4, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Love these! So easy to make a few changes and make a big difference! Especially love the make your own dressings!

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Yes! It was hard for my ranch loving husband, but even he likes a lemon vinaigrette.

  • Rebecca Hicks March 4, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    I love these swaps! The bell pepper for taco Tuesday sounds like such a fun idea. I need to try that out!

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Us Texas girls love us some taco Tuesday. 😉 haha.

  • Krysten March 4, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    These are great tips! I want to start using more zoodles instead of pasta, but I don’t think my husband would like it very much! 😛

    • Jessica March 5, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you! They do take some getting used to but they are great.

  • Danielle March 5, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Great tips! I love spaghetti squash!