Pick This, Not That: 12 Simple Food Swaps That Will Change Your Life

Living a healthier life doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, sometimes the changes can be downright easy. Often when people decide to embrace a healthier lifestyle, they make drastic changes, making it hard to stick to their plan. But there are simple things you can do each day to help with your overall health and weight loss. Sometimes, it’s even as easy as playing a different video game.

Honey, lemon, tea

Source: iStock

1. Eat whole fruit instead of drinking fruit juice

A glass of orange juice is not the same as eating a whole piece of fruit. Drinking a glass of juice contains very little of the pulp or skin from an orange, and none of the fiber, writes Women’s Health. Next time you reach for a glass of juice, opt for eating a piece of fruit instead. It’ll have fewer calories and more nutrients.

2. Swap your latte for green tea

According to the Daily Burn, choosing to drink that morning latte could be costing you up to 300 calories and a ton of sugar. Rather than set yourself up for a sugar crash later in the morning, try drinking green tea instead. It contains zero calories and still has caffeine. It also has the ability to rev up your metabolism. Green tea has a thermogenic effect on your metabolism, meaning that it will speed up after you drink a cup.

3. Use oil and balsamic rather than processed dressings

Salad dressings have a ton of ingredients in them, meaning they’re not good for you. Less is more when it comes to the number of ingredients in your food. Try ditching the ranch and putting a small amount of olive oil or balsamic vinegar on your salad instead.