Whether you're concerned about your overall well-being or feel you are slowly increasing your risk of developing a chronic disease, you may want to consider restoring your health. That means making smarter decisions about the foods you fuel your body with that can ultimately lead it back to its self-healing ways, just the way the Lord intended. Now, just because you've made the decision to follow a more balanced and beneficial diet, doesn't mean you can't enjoy the foods you're eating! There are plenty of delicious substitutions you can implement into your diet that will make your taste buds equally as happy as your new and improved health. Consider making these substitutions to boost and restore your health:
1. Leafy greens for iceberg lettuce
Eating a salad made of iceberg lettuce isn't necessarily bad for you, but let's just say that all salad greens are not created equal. For example, in a nutritional value comparison, the United States Department of Agriculture found that one cup of kale makes up 133 percent of your daily vitamin A intake and 134 percent vitamin C. On the other hand, lettuce covers only 53 percent of your daily vitamin A intake and only 5 percent vitamin C. So, the next time you prepare your salad, don't only use iceberg lettuce - consider adding leafy greens like kale, spinach, arugula, mustard greens and watercress. Choose dark leafy greens as the base for you salad.
2. Plant-based ingredients for meat
If you're trying to transition out of eating a diet rich in meats and poultry, One Green Planet reported that doing so isn't as difficult as you think. In fact, you can make plenty of your favorite recipes with plant-based substitutions and only notice a small difference. Foods like mushrooms, jackfruit and eggplant work very well to replace main ingredients because they are so rich and filling. All of these ingredients make a great burger substitute, sandwiched together on organic whole wheat bread and garnished with arugula.
3. Cauliflower for almost anything
You've probably heard that the most nutritious foods paint a beautiful picture of colors on your plate. While that's true, you can't let cauliflower fall by the wayside, because it's an extremely beneficial vegetable. According to Medical News Today, cauliflower contains antioxidants and phytonutrients that can help ward off cancers, proteins that can enhance weight loss and choline which is essential for cognitive health. The latest trends in cauliflower substitutions have proven that this vegetable can replace almost anything. For instance, cauliflower has been transformed into rice, pizza crust, creamy soup, mashed "potatoes" and "wings." Cauliflower can be used to make many delicious dishes. How will you implement this trendy veggie into your diet?
According to the American Heart Association, most Americans consume around 3,400 milligrams of sodium per day, which is more than twice the recommended amount of 1,500 milligrams. Instead of adding flavor to your dishes with refined white salt, why not opt for a substitution that will spice up your food without harming your body? Unrefined sea salt in moderation is an excellent choice, as well as vinegar and lemon juice. Or, season your dishes with more fresh herbs and spices that can relate to the taste of salt, such as garlic or onion powder.
5. Whole grains for all-purpose flourDid you know that diets rich in organic whole grains can reduce high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even lessen the chance of having a stroke? According to the AHA, this includes foods made from the entire grain of wheat, rice, oats and corn. When it comes to baking, consider substituting your all-purpose flour with a whole-grain option. You can replace half the amount of all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour in most recipes, and you can also substitute 1/4 cup rolled oats for all-purpose flour.
The My Hallelujah Diet regimen works to replace processed, refined unhealthy foods with healthy substitutions that nourish the body back to its self-healing process. The diet inspires followers to eat foods that God intended us to eat - such as raw fruits and vegetables and complement that natural nutrition with a supplemental approach. For more guidance, take a look at our Get Started Guide and restore your body back to health today.