Picture this, you’re walking down the street minding your own business, wrapped up warm in your coat and thinking about how to comfort yourself with food, when suddenly you realize you’re actually quite hot. You look around and it suddenly hits you. Spring is here. You are surrounded by the phrase ‘bikini body’ and you didn’t even notice.
Cue panic. Sirens. Internal screaming.
I actually think that the only requirements for a bikini body are having a body and having a bikini, but I still panic. I want to be a little less squishy in my Instagram photos this year, that’s just my own goal – but in order to do it I need to get real serious about working out and eating right. With that said, here are some of my favorite healthy food swaps that help me feel confident inside and out.
Swap popsicles for juice-sicles
Do people tell you that your detox game is fire? No? Well, they will once they watch you freezing your favorite juices and enjoying a delightful popsicle, which in my opinion will taste 1000% better than a normal juice.
Swap pizza for eggplant and aubergine
Pizza is probably my favorite food. I cannot guarantee I’ll be giving it up in pursuit of a ‘bikini body’. This is an asparagus-eggplant pizza dreamt up by @soulofnewyork. Check the recipe here.
Swap chocolate for chocolate covered fruits
We all love a sweet treat, but try not to overdo it. A great tip would be to freeze bananas and then mix cacao, coconut oil, and honey together for dipping. Top them off with your favorite crunchy toppings. This is a great option for summer dinner parties, BBQs, and girly get-togethers.
Swap your pasta dishes for courgetti
Recently I’ve swapped all my favorite pasta dishes with courgetti. It tastes exactly the same but hasn’t got the carbs. All you need is a spiralizer, you can get them fairly cheap on Amazon, and your courgetti will be ready in an instant. Add tomato sauce, bolognese, salmon, or pesto and mozzarella for the perfect pasta meal!
Swap fast-food fries for home-cooked fries
My heart broke when I found out that sweet potato fries weren’t necessarily the healthy option. If they’ve been shallow fried, they’re more than likely just as bad. Luckily you can make your own fries and freeze them for whenever you want. All you need is potato or sweet potato cut into fries. Add garlic powder, paprika powder, pepper and sea salt, you can also add coconut sugar for a sweeter taste. Pop them in the oven at 180 celsius and bake for 30-40 minutes. Voilá!