A healthy life is a happy life! You can start living healthier by simply substituting a few things in your daily routine. Remember that small things can make a big difference and little changes can yield huge results!
1. Cook at home instead of eating out
Did you know that even “healthy” choices like salads at a restaurant can pack more calories than your maximum daily intake? And what do they put in those fancy pastas at Italian restaurants anyway? Cooking at home not only can help you monitor the exact ingredients of a dish, your wallet will thank you for it too.
2. Use oil and balsamic vinaigrette instead of other dressings
It’s true that salads are a healthy choice for you. But people often get too heavy-handed with the dressing and BAM, goes the healthy component of the salad (you might as well have gotten a burger). So to maintain the healthiness of a salad, lightly dress it with olive oil and balsamic vinegar instead.
3. Raw spinach is better than iceberg lettuce
Spinach is full of vitamin K, vitamin A, calcium, and iron. Iceberg lettuce is just… boring. Enough said.
4. Try sparkling water when you’re craving soda
You’ve probably heard this one too many times. Soda is VERY bad for you. If you need a carbonation kick, why not try a cup of sparking water? They also come in fruity flavors like strawberry, orange, lemon-lime, etc.
5. Trade white rice for brown rice
Brown rice is richer in protein, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, fiber and potassium. It’s also a great substitute if you’re trying to lose weight because it’ll help to reduce insulin spikes.
6. Eat whole-wheat pasta instead of white
Just like rice, whole-wheat pasta is filled with antioxidants and fiber. White pasta just can’t compare!
7. Opt for whole fruits instead of fruit juices
Fruit juices often cut out the nutrients that you’ll normally get from eating the fruit whole. The skin and pulp of a fruit has all the good stuff that your body needs.
8. Use avocado for a healthy butter substitute
You can use avocado instead of butter in any baking recipe! It’s a simple way to cut out some saturated fat.
9. Greek yogurt can replace sour cream
We all love sour cream in our morning bagel or lunch burrito. But did you know that you can replace sour cream with greek yogurt and it’ll still taste relatively the same? So amp up the protein and slash the fat with this healthy substitute!
10. Toasts are healthier than bagels
Speaking of bagels, they aren’t very good for you at all (even whole-wheat ones aren’t great). Instead, go for a slice or two of whole-wheat bread. You can spread it with avocado instead of butter!
11. Try a bowl of oatmeal instead of sugary cereal
My favorite cereal is cinnamon toast crunch. Bu all that sugar… diabetes anyone? If you favor sweet cereals like me, it might be better for you to opt for a bowl of oatmeal topped with fresh fruits instead.
12. Hard-boiled eggs are healthier than fried eggs
For a quick, easy and protein-packed breakfast, skip the grease of fried eggs and go for the hard-boiled version.
13. Skip the pancake syrup at brunch
On that breakfast note, who doesn’t love a stack of pancakes once in a while? Save the calories and go light on the syrup by topping it with fruits.
14. Use cinnamon in coffee or tea
Slash extra calories by using cinnamon as a substitution for sugar. You can even sprinkle some in oatmeal too for a delicious spicy-sweet flavor.
15. Snack on air-popped popcorn instead of chips
Craving a salty snack? Air-pop some popcorn and add a dash of salt. You can have more of it in comparison to the amount of chips with the same calorie count.
16. Skip the cocktails and margaritas at happy hour
A healthier option would be a glass of red wine or even a beer!
These are all small changes that you can make to live a better lifestyle. Share with your friends and family and start implementing them today!