Eating healthier can start by changing the ingredients found in your kitchen. By making smarter grocery shopping choices, you can reduce your calorie intake and get in more of the right nutrients! From your favorite snacks to the homecooked meal ingredients, here are 11 healthier alternatives!

Instead of WHITE RICE

TRY: BROWN, BLACK, OR RED RICE

While white rice is the most common and accessible form of carbs in the Philippines, it’s not necessarily the healthiest. Since it is a refined carbohydrate, it gets processed to sugar and keeps you feeling full for a short period of time. Opt for brown, black, or red rice that triumphs in nutritional value.

TRY: Roarganics Pure Brown Rice Protein, now on sale at P450 (limited time only), Farm to Folk Organic Heirloom Rice: Chong-Ak (1kg), now on sale at P350 (limited time only), Farm to Folk Organic Black Rice (1kg), now on sale at P180 (limited time only)

COUSCOUS
This versatile grain improves digestion and promotes normal metabolism. It’s also quick and easy to prepare!

TRY: Pasta Zara Couscous (500g), now on sale at P89 (limited time only)

QUINOA
This nutty grain is loaded with protein, all nine essential amino acids, fiber, iron, and manganese to name a few.

TRY: The Green Tummy Organic Tricolor Quinoa (200g), now on sale at P213 (limited time only)

Instead of WHITE SUGAR

TRY: HONEY
Unlike white sugar that’s highly processed, honey is 100% natural. It is rich with antioxidants and contains no fat.

TRY: BZZZ PH Honey (250ml), now on sale at P120 (limited time only)

COCONUT SUGAR
Coconut sugar is made from the sugar fluid of the coconut plant. It’s known to have more nutritional value than white sugar given its lower glycemic index.

TRY: Philippine Pure Coconut Sugar Jar (500g), now on sale at P240 (limited time only)

STEVIA
Stevia is a natural plant-based sweetener with nearly zero calories. It can also be nearly as twice sweeter than white sugar in the same serving!

TRY: Stevia Leaf Extract (200g Jar), now on sale at P272 (limited time only)

Instead of SUGARY CEREAL

TRY: OAT BASED CEREAL
Starting the day with a bowl of sugar-laden cereal can give you a sugar crash shortly afterward. Opt for an oat-based cereal instead to keep you full longer and can help maintain normal blood cholesterol levels.

TRY: Musli Crunchy Oat Cereal (Fruit Pieces), now on sale at P134 (limited time only)


Instead of CHOCOLATE BAR

TRY: BROWNIE CRUNCH

For the sweet tooths out there, giving up chocolate can be near impossible. But there are indeed healthier options out there! Snackbox’s brownie crunch is a local snack alternative that’s made with Davao chocolate. It contains 0% trans fat, high in antioxidants and omega-3’s, and free from preservatives and additives!

TRY: Snack Box Roasted Cacao Nibs With Chia and Flaxseeds Brownie Crunch, now on sale at P75 (limited time only), Snack Box Salted Caramel Brownie Crunch, now on sale at P75 (limited time only), Snack Box Triple Chocolate Brownie Crunch, now on sale at P75 (limited time only), Snack Box Peppermint Brownie Crunch, now on sale at P75 (limited time only)

Instead of BUTTER

TRY: COCONUT OIL
Consuming too much butter will trigger your cholesterol and saturated fat levels On the other hand, coconut oil is rich in good, essential fatty acids. It’s a well-known substitute for butter in baking, too.

TRY: Greenlife Home of Coconut Products Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (10oz), now on sale at P180 (limited time only)

Instead of POTATO CHIPS

TRY: FRUIT CRISPS

Snacking smarter starts with choosing the kind of snacks that are flavorful as they are healthy. Potato chips, for example, is high in fat given that it’s often fried in oil.

Oh So Healthy’s crisps, on the other hand, are not fried in oil and are made with only real vegetables. It’s a good source of fiber, gluten, and cholesterol-free, and does not contain preservatives, too!

TRY: Oh So Healthy Mango Banana Fruit Crisps, now on sale at P86 (limited time only), Oh So Healthy Purple Yam Banana Coconut Fruit Crisps, now on sale at P86 (limited time only), Oh So Healthy Guava Purple Yam Banana Fruit Crisps, now on sale at P86 (limited time only), Oh So Healthy Jackfruit Pineapple Banana Fruit Crisps (40g), now on sale at P86 (limited time only), Oh So Healthy Kimchi Crisps (50g), now on sale at P99 (limited time only)

Instead of TABLE SALT

TRY: HIMALAYAN PINK SALT

Season your food with pink Himalayan salt instead of the usual table salt. It’s all-natural that’s with potent nutritional properties that can improve your blood circulation and blood pressure.

TRY: Philippine Pure Himalayan Pink Salt Grinder (200g), now on sale at P240 (limited time only)

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