Spring clean your diet with just a few simple swaps. From breakfast to dinner to everything in between. Always nutritious AND deliciousBy Registered Dietitian and on-air nutrition expert, Mia Syn, MS, RD.

We can all make a few healthier swaps here and there. Today I share some delicious AND feasible tips to clean up our diet on ABC’s Lowcountry Live!

A crunchy and savory chip swap 

Crunchy Chickpeas by Saffron Road are a great alternative to chips that still have that crunch and savory taste that we crave. Unlike traditional potato chips, these are high in fiber and protein, which are those are two nutrients that satisfy us and can help manage bad food cravings. They have several flavors to choose from – my personal faves are the Bombay spice, sea salt and falafel. They are a great on the go snack option but I also recommend them as a crouton replacement on top of a salad.

How to eat more veggies

Another way to spring clean our diet is to ADD more veggies! Many of us don’t eat enough but Culinary Cuts by Mann’s make it really easy. They are convenient bags of ready-to-cook veggies that have been cut in unique ways. Their Cauliettes is their riced cauliflower that you can use as a low-carb grain alternative. You can use their Sweet Potato Ribbons in place of pasta and the Butternut Squash Zig Zags are something fun to serve to kids that kind of look like a French fries!

Forgo the soda this season

Drinks can pack empty calories so you want to be mindful of the ones that you choose. The REBBL elixirs and protein drinks are tasty AND nutritious. They are made with organic ingredients and herbs that are known for their health benefits like turmeric, which has largely been studied for its anti-inflammatory effects. Their new Turmeric Lemon Tart flavor is really refreshing for spring. I am also a fan of their cold brew coffee blends. The protein cold brew tastes like chocolate milk and is made with pea and sunflower protein.

On the go snacks that double as dessert

MacroBars by GoMacro are my jam. Their Everlasting Joy flavor is by far my favorite. It’s made with coconut, almond butter and chocolate chips so it tastes like a candy bar but it’s made with simple, organic, plant-based ingredients with no artificial flavors or preservatives. It also has 10 grams of protein, which provides staying power.

Sweet Potato Ribbons and Meatballs
Serves 2
A lightened version of spaghetti and meatballs.
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Noodles
  1. 1 bag of Sweet Potato Ribbons by Mann's
  2. 2 tbsp avocado oil
  3. salt and pepper to taste
Sauce
  1. 1/2 onion
  2. 2 cloves garlic
  3. 1 can diced tomatoes
  4. 1/2 can tomato paste
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 1 tsp oregano
  7. 2 tbsp ricotta cheese
Meatballs
  1. 1/2 lb ground beef or turkey
  2. 1 tbsp thyme
  3. 1/2 tsp paprika
  4. 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Add meatball ingredients to a large bowl and combine throughly.
  3. Divide meat evenly into 6-8 meatballs and place evenly on a lined baking dish.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  5. In a large skillet saute onions and garlic. Place in high speed blender along with sauce ingredients and combine thoroughly.
  6. In the large skillet, add avocado oil and saute sweet potato ribbons with salt and pepper until soft.
  7. Plate sweet potato ribbons and serve with sauce and meatballs.
  8. Top with additional parmesan cheese, if desired.
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