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Boot~ique: Five healthy food alternatives you’ll love

A girl’s gotta eat, so why not make every bite count? A small change can make a big difference.

Instead of working hard after every meal, eat smarter with these five simple alternatives.

It’s time you made your food work for you.

Brown Rice instead of White

Late night sushi date? Opt for brown rice instead of white. Brown rice is a whole grain and contains health boosting nutrients such as: magnesium, vitamin E, zinc, and iron.

Plus, just one cup of brown rice provides more than twice the amount of fiber than white.

Plain Yogurt instead of Sour Cream

Before you lay into that baked potato, consider what you’ve topped it with. While plain yogurt and sour cream have nearly the same amount of calories, plain yogurt has almost four times the amount of protein and is quite similar in taste.

If you’re looking to cut calories, go for fat-free and enjoy.

Agave Nectar instead of Sugar

Looking for a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth? Agave nectar comes from the agave plant and contains the same natural sugar found in fruits. Unlike your standard table sugar, it has a low glycemic index that won’t cause your blood sugar to rise.

Use it in your oatmeal, on pancakes, or anything else in need of a sweet kick.

Vegenaise instead of Mayonnaise

Put a healthy spin on the classic tuna sandwich with this vegan mayonnaise alternative. Vegenaise has the same mayonnaise taste without the eggs, making it lower in fat and cholesterol.

With all natural ingredients and a reduced-fat version you’ll be spreading it on thick in no time.

Coconut Oil instead of Olive Oil

Olive oil is great at room temperature, but if you’re planning to turn up the heat, try coconut oil. Coconut oil has a higher smoke point, which means it can be heated to a higher temperature before it begins to break down and lose all of its healthy properties.

Use it to make a tasty stir-fry or a delicious baked dish.

Sum it Up

Not all dietary changes have to be hard. These five simple substitutions will give you more nutrient value with less calories. Start today and take small, easy steps to changing your nutritional habits.

At Bootique Fitness, our boot camp memberships come with private nutritional coaching and a customized meal plan to help you achieve fantastic results in record time.

Call us (619) 602-8087 for a free trial (two sessions) of our boot camps for women or visit online at San Diego Boot Camp for a free trial and get ready for summer!

Jaylin Allen is a local fitness expert in San Diego, known for getting her clients in shape in record time through her popular "Boot Camps For Women" and "Zumba" classes. For more information about Jaylin, fitness, or her classes, be sure to check out Bootique Fitness or call (619) 602-8087.