Healthy Swaps To Make This New Year


It’s safe to say that most of us have entered the new year with a couple of resolutions … that’s all good and well, but going to the extremes can often lead to failure. That’s why we’ve put together some healthy alternatives that won’t send your body into shock … take a look at our easy-to-maintain lifestyle swaps.

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Swap Milkshakes For Smoothies

Cutting out sugar is a big trend as of late and it’s not hard to see why. Our favourite sweet stuff is leading to a myriad of health problems that can be avoided! Let’s say you love milkshakes (like we do!) – how about swapping them for smoothies instead? You’ll still get the sweetness if you use ripe fruit and you can make your mixtures extra creamy by adding in half an avo and/or a frozen banana … and plenty of ice to beat the heat.

Swap Chocolates For Cacao

We here at Joburg.co.za HQ consume a lot of chocolates … there’s no denying it. But, with 2016 having just arrived, we’re going to start afresh and make this simple healthy switch – swap chocolates for cacao. Cacao is a great source of antioxidants and it also contains magnesium and iron … plus, it tastes great! So how do you use it? My favourite thing to do (yes, even in summer) is to make cacao hot chocolate. I do this by adding one heaped teaspoon of cacao powder to my favourite mug, adding some raw honey, topping it with boiling water and then finishing it off with a dash of milk. If you can’t do hot drinks in this heat, how about making cacao bliss balls? This guilt-free recipe here will satisfy your sweet tooth in no time!

Swap Alcohol For Sobriety

Okay, don’t freak out at that suggestion – we’re not saying that you need to quit drinking all together … all we’re getting at is that it won’t hurt to cut down on those sugary cocktails or glasses of wine every now and then. Instead of drinking every weekend, why not alternate with a sober weekend thrown in in between? Why not opt for chilled social gatherings or movie outings instead of heading straight for the club or bar? Or what about ordering a shot of lime with soda water instead of a tequila sunrise? It tastes great, is low in calories and you won’t suffer from drink envy (too much!).

Swap Laziness For Home Workouts

Come a new year, everyone wants to be their best self. They want to be healthy, fit and strong … you can see this in the overflowing gyms all over the country. Like we said before, resorting to extremes can lead to failure so why not resolve to take up before or after work gymming from the comfort of your own home? There are plenty of apps, YouTube videos and magazine articles that’ll help you achieve your goal. Want to try Pilates? No problem. Yoga more up your alley? Go for it. High intensity workouts for a sweatier session? You’ve got it! So now there’s no excuse for being a couch potato.

Swap Phone Time For Reading

I’m the first to admit that I’m addicted to my iPhone. It’s my trusty companion and it does everything for me. It’s where my music, photos, social media apps, workout apps, alarm clock and reminders live. Without it, I don’t think I’d ever make it to work on time or remember to do anything. And that’s fine … but I use it way more than I need to. Anyone else guilty of this? This year, I want to use my phone less and instead of getting into bed at night and mindlessly scrolling through the same social media feeds that I check throughout the day, I’m going to cut off my phone and read myself to sleep … it’s better than falling asleep while typing, right? Plus, studies have shown that using your phone just before bed can disturb your rest … the light stops our brains from releasing melatonin, a hormone that lets our bodies know it’s time for dreamland.

There you have it – some simple swaps you can make this year! Let us know how it goes!

By Nikki Samakosky

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