Small changes to your everyday eating routine can sometimes yield big benefits. “Making a few everyday food substitutions can easily eliminate calories while providing great flavor and better nutrition,” says international health food entrepreneur Cathy Silvers (www.thehealthylivingstore.com). Get started by substituting sugar with agave syrup, Silvers says. “Unlike sugar and honey, agave has a very low glycemic index, so it won’t make blood-sugar levels spike like conventional sweeteners do.” Agave is a delicious alternative for diabetics or anyone wanting to avoid the bloodsugar crash caused by honey and sugar. “Instead of regular milk, try unsweetened almond, hemp or rice milk,” says Los Angeles, CA, caterer Diana Temple (www.creativefare.com). Temple, who served as personal chef to Meryl Streep‘s family for three years, notes, “These come in chocolate and vanilla versions. Use them to make smoothies and desserts.” Another simple switch that can yield big results entails dropping peanut butter in favor of other nut butters. Temple adds, “The taste of almond, sunflower seed or cashew butter is a welcome change for the taste buds.” Cut calories and amp up flavor by seasoning with fresh citrus juices mixed with vinegar, herbs and spices instead of cream, mayonnaise or cheese. “Using tangy seasonings helps satisfy salt cravings,” Temple observes. “This means you’ll use less table salt and save your body from unnecessary inflammation and potential illness.”—Kyle Roderick
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