They make some smart food swaps

Glamour (South Africa) - - Health -

With a re­cent study find­ing that a high-sugar diet could be driv­ing breast cancer, it’s time to cut down on the sweet stuff. How? Load up on de­li­cious, health­ier in­gre­di­ents to en­sure that you don’t feel de­prived. “I have a sweet tooth, so I use dates and pecan nuts to pre­vent crav­ings,” says Irene Arango, co-founder and chef of raw food restau­rant NAMA Foods. Now steal it

Irene sug­gests us­ing date paste, vanilla pow­der, raw ca­cao, co­conut sugar, cin­na­mon and ba­nanas to sweeten your cof­fee, smooth­ies and cakes. “And I stock up on en­ergy bars with dates, al­monds or pro­tein pow­der, so I can still make healthy choices, even in a rush,” she says.

“Another tip to boost your greens is to re­place your main meal with a salad, such as kale, cu­cum­ber, sun-dried to­ma­toes and sun­flower seeds, then have what would have been your main meal on a small plate, as a side. That way you don’t feel de­prived,” adds Irene.

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