One Diet Change Will Make You Eat Healthier at Every Meal

Mealtime often feels like a battle between the desire to eat something healthy and the desire to have food you’ll actually enjoy. And let’s be honest, mac and cheese is going to beat salad every time. But what if you didn’t have to make such a drastic flavor sacrifice to boost the nutritional value of your meal? It’s not as crazy as it sounds, and we have the examples to prove it. For each of these favorite meals, one simple change is all it takes to make chow time just as healthy as it is delicious.

On a sandwich: Mayo is fine

delicious deli sandwich

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But…

Changing to avocado is better

chicken and avocado sandwich

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On a burger: A bun is fine

standard cheeseburger

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But changing to a lettuce wrap is better 

low-carb burger with a lettuce wrap

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On pancakes: Syrup is fine

sugar-laden pancakes and syrup

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But changing to fresh fruit (even with a sprinkle of sugar) is better

For a bowl of pasta: White noodles are fine

plain pasta and tomato sauce

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But changing to whole-grain pasta is better

whole-wehat pasta with fresh tomato topping

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For chicken salad: Mayo-based dressing is fine

creamy, dreamy, caloric chicken salad

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But changing to Greek yogurt dressing is better

chicken salad made with Greek yogurt

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On a bagel: Cream cheese is fine

cream cheese isn't the best on your bagel

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But changing to almond butter is better

choosing almond butter is better than choosing cream cheese for a bagel

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