We are always looking for ways to save money and save time, but what about saving our health? We put a call out on Facebook to hear YOUR favourite healthy, simple swaps. Here’s eight easy changes you can make to ensure your health’s piggy bank is full to the brim.
1. Ditch coffee and cake for walking and talking
“I’ve swapped catching up for ‘coffee’ with girlfriends for walking and talking” – 12WBTer Briohny
Just because you’re making healthy changes doesn’t mean you can’t catch up with your friends. Instead of that coffee and cake at the cafe, get out there and go for a long walk while you catch up on gossip. A win-win!
2. Say ‘see ya’ to soft drinks
“Peppermint tea or home brewed peach iced tea with no added sugar. I used to drink at least two soft drinks a day! But now I drink water and keep the iced tea in the fridge as my sweet treat.” – 12WBTer Julia
Ditch those soft drinks immediately! Water is the best thing to drink, no questions asked. Plain water is best, or you can make your own iced herbal tea by serving your favourite tea over ice. Yum!
3. Go for low fat dairy
“I’ve swapped ice cream for yoghurt with raspberries” – 12WBTer Michelle
Ditching full fat dairy like ice cream or yoghurt for low fat alternatives is a great start. Try low fat yoghurt and berries as an after dinner treat instead of that usual bowl of ice cream, and you’ll be getting a sweet treat without the added fat and calories.
4. Cut those coffee calories
“Long black coffee with a splash of milk only instead of a skinny flat white – about 10% the calories, and an easy early round swap for me” – 12WBTer Leigh
Do you know how many calories are in your daily cup? Coffee can be a minefield if you’re not prepared – and derail even the best of weight loss efforts.
5. Swap milk chocolate for dark
“Have converted the kids to dark chocolate…they can’t stomach the dairy milk options now!” – Chooky from the 12WBT Support Crew.
It may be a shock to your taste buds initially, but trust us, you will soon love the richness and depth of dark chocolate. Basically, the higher the cocoa, the less the sugar (and the better for you). Ease yourself up gradually – try 55%, then 60%, then 70% or 80% (or even higher!).
6. Get creative with cauliflower
“Cauliflower ‘rice’ or ‘mash’ instead of rice or potatoes” – 12WBTer Fletcher
Did you know that cauliflower makes a nutrient-filled alternative to traditional starches like rice or mashed potato? Well it does!
Try this free recipe: Chicken Tikka Curry with Cauliflower Mash
7. Swap potato chips for popcorn
“I love popcorn instead of chips” – 12WBTer Tunde
Air-popped popcorn is a great alternative for potato chips – five cups of air-popped popcorn comes in at just 150 calories! Mish loves to spray hers with a little extra virgin olive oil spray for added flavour, but uses the three-second spray rule. No more than that or you’re adding excess calories.
8. Be sweet without sugar
“Coffee and tea with no sugar now!” – 12WBTer Hailey
It might sound daunting right now, but cutting sugar out of your tea or coffee can be done. Just lower your amount gradually, and soon you’ll be enjoying your cup without it.
Have a healthy hack you’ve implemented in your lifestyle? Let us know in the comments below!
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