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5 light & easy snack swaps

Just because you’re living a little lighter doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy snacking! Armed with these low calorie snack swaps from our taste experts and nutritionist, you can confidently support your healthy lifestyle.

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swap a milkshake for a mango & avocado smoothie

It might seem like a chalk and cheese combo at first glance, but avocados are almost flavourless when combined with sweet foods.

And this is one smoothie mixture you can’t afford to miss: the disease-fighting antioxidants in mangos – know to nutrition boffins as carotenoids – are fat soluble.

In English, that means they need a helping hand from avocado’s healthy monounsaturated fats before they can benefit your body.

Blend a few times a week with a little honey for an immunity pep up.

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swap chocolate bars for dark chocolate & cranberries

Warning: this one might cause a little overexcitement.

American researchers discovered that a little dark chocolate a day goes a long way for your health, actually lowering your blood pressure (we reckon it increases your happiness too, but we’re no scientists).

Chop dried cranberries and mix them with the chocolate while melted – they’re loaded with quercetin, which combines with the chocolate’s antioxidants to create a unique health-boosting double-whammy.

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swap fried egg & chips for a broccoli omelette

Forget heading out for a fry-up; herein lies a better cure for sore-headed Sunday mornings.

Eggs pack an amino acid called cysteine, which actually helps remove the toxins left behind by one pinot grigio too many.

So step one is mix up an omelette. Now throw in nature’s multivitamin, broccoli, for it’s hangover-abating vitamin C.

A study done here in Britain found that more vitamin C equals a healthier complexion too – useful the morning after the night before.

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swap cereal for oats & OJ

Here’s a hearty breakfast with some nourishing benefits.

Sinking a glass of vitamin C-abundant orange juice at the same time as eating a bowl of organic porridge can help keep your arteries healthy.

Food scientists attribute this to the antioxidants from each working in tandem to help control cholesterol.

To make this even healthier, sprinkle cinnamon over your porridge and ensure your OJ is cold pressed. And do save some for us!

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swap a fish finger sandwich for mussels & lemon juice

There’s a lot to be said for these little foods, but they can be made even better, if you’re willing to apply a little scientific knowhow.

Citrus enhances your body’s ability to absorb iron, a key micronutrient for energy and vitality. And mussels aren’t short in the iron department.

Mix lemon juice with olive oil and pour over your mussels for a zesty, energy-boosting meal. Devour with a side helping of smug satisfaction.

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