By Samantha Levy
Mondays are the perfect time to hit the reset button on your habits. And these three simple food swaps will not only make your diet instantly more earth-friendly, they'll also help you lose weight! Now that's a win-win.
INSTEAD OF Turkey sandwich TRY PB&J
A tablespoon of natural nut butter or an ounce of nuts a day can keep you trim and help your heart, says Kate Geagan, R.D., author of Go Green Get Lean (Rodale). And plants use less than one tenth of the fossil fuel used to raise animals.
INSTEAD OF Cereal TRY Rolled oats
Oats bowl over breakfast cereals because they're less refined. "Processing and packaging cereal takes a lot of energy," Geagan says. Oats are also low on the glycemic index, so you digest them slowly and feel satisfied longer than you do when you eat cereal.
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INSTEAD OF Cheese cubes TRY Edamame
Soybeans have one third of the calories and about a 17th the atmospheric impact of cheddar. And soy is a complete
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