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Seven ways to clean up your diet

There are numerous things that you can do to clean up your diet. Little changes can have big effects! Read on and find out a few helpful hints to help you in your quest to become fitter and healthier.

Ground Turkey is a great alternative to ground beef. But, be careful! Some versions of ground turkey have more fat per serving than ground beef. Just because it states 85% lean; it can still have up to 19 grams of fat per serving. So, if you choose ground beef or ground turkey; check the label.

Cottage cheese is a great way to incorporate dairy into your diet. I love to add blueberries and strawberries to cottage cheese. It seems like a cheat meal but, it is not! I also use low fat cottage cheese in my protein pancake recipes. It mixes up great with fruit, protein powder, oats, and truvia. Like other dairy products I use the low fat version of cottage cheese. There is a non-fat variety. The fat taken away is usually replaced by sugar. Extra sugar is converted to extra fat. Always check the labels.

Natural organic chicken is the way to go. Most chicken is pumped up with a saline solution to make it look fuller so, you the consumer wants to buy it. Check the chicken’s label for the levels of sodium. Frozen chicken has typically 270 milligrams of sodium. Fresh chicken has 292 milligrams of sodium per serving. Organic chicken has 45 milligrams of sodium per serving. When possible buy natural organic chicken.

I love Peanut Butter. Be wary of the low or reduced-fat variety. Remember when fat is taken away in a product it is generally replaced with sugar. Sugar turns to fat. Look at the label. Try to buy peanut butter whose ingredients are peanuts and salt. The is a natural peanut butter and better for you.

Low Fat yogurt tastes great. But unfortunately, it can have up to 17 grams of sugar per serving. Try replacing low fat yogurt with low fat greek vanilla yogurt. Greek yogurt boosts double the protein, less sugar, and less sodium per serving than yogurt. One of my favorite recipes for greek yogurt is: 1 cup greek plain (vanilla) yogurt, 1 pack truvia (or stevia), 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (mine is BSN vanilla), and Stir! YUM YUM.

Okay. Let’s get this straight. Bread is not the enemy! “Enriched white flour” or “Refined” is the enemy we are looking for!! Try Ezekiel Bread. I like the whole grain variety and the raisin loaf. I keep them in my freezer. When it is time to eat I just toast them in the oven. The Whole Grain Variety is perfect for turkey sandwiches. The Raisin Bread is perfect for breakfast. Just toast and add a dab of peanut butter and no sugar jam.

Protein shakes are a great way to get a tasty meal in. I usually drink two a day (10 am and 4pm). There are numerous concoctions you can create with them. My favorite line of protein powder is BSN Lean Dessert proteins or Syntha Six. Check out my web site for some of my favorite shake recipes. Feel free to add to delete ingredients to create your favorite ones.

This is a super easy article. It also demonstrates that it is super easy to make small changes to your nutritional plan. These small changes will have a big impact on your health and fitness levels. One step at a time in the right direction is all you need to improve your life. Rome was not built in a day but, it was built.

Cheers.