We all know that the key to being healthy is to have a well – balanced diet and exercise regularly. But with deadlines becoming deadlier and time falling short for basically everything, be it our personal or professional lives, exercise and diet have grudgingly taken a back seat!
So, what does one do in such a scenario? Simple, make smart choices and most importantly swap the unhealthy for the healthy. Following are a few such healthy swaps that will aid you in your quest for a healthy life.
- Maggi v/s Poha
While Maggi holds a steadfast bastion in the easy-to-prepare food category, the humble Poha isn’t far behind! But with recent revelations about Maggi’s ingredients, its health quotient has dropped considerably, allowing Poha to surge ahead in the race for healthy foods with its generous quantities of Potassium and starch.
Here’s what the Calories have to Say: 100 grams of Maggi contain 441.5 calories, while 100 grams of Poha contain 345-360 calories. Moreover with the use of healthy and chemical-free ingredients, as opposed to Maggi, the Poha with its carbohydrate rich flattened rice flakes and low sodium content (as compared to Maggi) is definitely worth a swap!
- Water v/s Aerated Drinks
Owing to its location on the hemisphere, India has been blessed with a humid weather, which ensures that we Indians are a thirsty-lot as the body keeps on losing water to sweat, meaning we need to constantly replenish our body’s lost fluids!
But what do we first think of, when thirsty? We think of everything but water, we think of Pepsi, Coke, Sprite, Seven up, Frooti, Maaza…..the list is endless. But other than quenching our thirst, these soft drinks also ‘gift’ us with caffeine, loads of sugar, artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and loads of other chemicals.
Here’s what the Calories have to Say: 250 ml of water contains 0 calories, while 250 ml of any Aerated drinks generally contains 100-130 calories!
Moreover, water also helps in flushing out the toxins from the body, hydrating the skin and helps in keeping you healthy. Saddled with so many obvious health benefits, swapping the aerated drinks for water is the smarter choice!
- Packaged Fruit Juices v/s Buttermilk
With packaged fruit juices being the new rage in town, everyone is grabbing a tetra pack on the go! But is it really healthy? Not so, when compared to good ol’ home-made buttermilk, packaged fruit juices often come with added flavors, preservatives and colors, which effectively pull down their health quotient a few notches.
Come to think of it, the Buttermilk which has been part of the Indian diet for ages now, is a much better alternative than these juices, pre-dominantly because it contains no added preservatives and flavors. Secondly on regular consumption it aids in the better digestion of food and also helps in cooling the body down.
Here’s what the Calories have to Say: A single cup of Buttermilk has 99 calories, while even packaged juices which claim to be 100% fruit juice have around 140 calories!
Moreover buttermilk is also considered an excellent source of potassium, Vitamin B-12, calcium and phosphorous. It is also known to contain probiotics, which help in building up our immune system! This is one healthy swap that you should definitely do a regualr basis.
- Samosa v/s A whole pack of Parle- G biscuits
Samosas can be safely counted as one of the nation’s most favorite snack items. Deep fried and stuffed with mashed potatoes and peas, the samosa is an excellent snacking option for us greasy, junk food loving Indians. On the other hand, the Parle – G biscuits are the nation’s most favorite tea time snack! Made up from wheat flour, sugar and edible oil, these biscuits are an excellent source of carbohydrates (52.4 g) and iron.
Here’s what the Calories have to Say: A single Samosa contains 150 calories, while the entire packet of 11 Parle – G biscuits contains about 316 calories, which means that a single biscuit comes up to 28 calories.
This swap is a no-brainer when you compare the deep fried, greasy and oily Samosa to glucose biscuits. Even the fat content of the glucose biscuits is low (9.2g) as compared to the samsosa’s 13.2 g per piece!
While these are the ‘dietary’ swaps that can provide help in your quest for a healthier you, we also decided to go ahead and present a ‘physical activity’ swap, that would ensure that you burn off the calories you gained by eating healthy food.