Recently, I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to try new foods and actually buy some of the things I read about in the blog world.  So then today, I was thinking about all the new things I’ve tried in the past few months, and I realized that most of the foods have become regulars in my diet.  Another funny thing is that these new things have kind of replaced (at least for the time being) something else.  You’ll understand more as I go on…

Skim milk vs. Soy milk – I am a huge skim milk fan and have been for as long as I can remember.  My aunt and her family have been trying out different soy products over the past couple of months, and since I visit them pretty often, I have been trying them too.  She told me about Soy Dream milk, and I bought some at Trader Joe’s a couple of weeks ago and really liked it.  It has a sweetness to it unlike skim milk, but it’s pretty subtle.  I don’t know if I’ll be able to enjoy a huge glass of Soy Dream the way I do plain ole’ skim milk, but I must say, it’s pretty tasty in my morning oatmeal!  And an added benefit is that soy milk is full of nutrients and vitamins.

Peanut butter vs. Sunflower seed butter – So to be honest, I just tried SF seed butter for the first time today (thanks blog world!) in my morning oats and I really liked it.  It definitely tastes different then PB, but it’s still very creamy and rich, and it’s not overpowering at all.  I was honestly expecting to not like it at all, but it was pretty good.  I can’t say that SF seed butter is a replacement for PB (because nothing can be), but it’s definitely something I will keep in the pantry to switch things up a few times a week!

Baked potato chips vs. Baked fruit chips – I don’t know if its fair to compare these two snack items, but in my mind apple fruit chips are the perfect alternative for potato chips.  The Granny Smith chips are tangy, the perfect mix of chewy and crunchy, and also a little sweet.  Sometimes it feels like I’m eating candy when I eat these!  They also taste great alongside some nut butter…the perfect pre or post workout snack!

Splenda vs. Agave nectar – I am a little ashamed to admit this, but I do take Splenda in my coffee, but only when there is no alternative such as cane sugar or agave present.  I know sugar substitutes are not good for you, but for some reason, I can’t use regular sugar in my coffee.  I think it’s the thought of 0 calories in Splenda vs. 60+ in sugar.  So, to try to curb that habit, I started using agave nectar in my coffee.  I like the raw sweetness of it and honestly less than one tablespoon is the perfect amount for me.  But as I started researching it more, I learned that not every brand is made the same and good for you.  You have to be sure that the agave nectar you purchase is organic and raw (as in very minimally processed).  I like it because it’s a low glycemic sweeter and because I don’t have to use a lot to get the level of sweetness I desire.

I just love trying new things and will keep you all updated as I find other new and tasty products!

Do you have any foods that fit in with the “This vs. That” theme?  What are some of your diet switcheroos?

By Parita

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