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Eat this, not that: 10 simple swaps to make this year

Juice cleanses and extreme diets are so not our thing. Instead of restricting what you eat, try tweaking it. Here are 10 easy ways to make your food choices better in an instant—no depravation necessary.

Swap a soda for 100-percent juice with no added sugar or preservative


Instead of fried chips, try baked veggies with tasty spices


Take the salt down a notch! Swap it out for a pile of spices


Forget bottled smoothies you can buy at the store and make your own. Greek yogurt and fresh or frozen fruit is all you need!


For a cinchy way to cut fat, trade whole milk for 2 percent


Ditch candy bars for homemade sweets, like oatmeal raisin cookies


Trade creamy dressings for vinaigrettes flavored with infused oils and vinegars. Hurrah for healthy fats!


Normal deli meats can be really salty. Swap them for low-sodium versions or homemade varieties, like roasted chicken and turkey.


Instead of pre-packaged snacks loaded with a long list of ingredients, try homemade popcorn with a mix of herbs and real cheese. We like rosemary and Parmesan.


Forget fake butter and margarine and go for real butter when possible. It’s more satisfying and flavorful, so you’ll want less.


Which food swap is your favorite? Share ‘em in the comments!




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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 12/30/2013 12:28:00 PM