10 Simple Calorie-Cutting Food Swaps
Losing a few pounds doesn’t have to be a struggle. With these simple food swaps, you can enjoy the tasty goodness of your favourite treats with a significant reduction in calories!
Put some crunch in your lunch using collard greens instead of bread to roll up sandwich fillings.
Ditch pre-flavoured yogurts
Flavour your own yogurt instead of buying pre-sweetened brands, advises Rory Hornstein, registered dietitian for the Calgary Weight Management Centre. “Stir in one teaspoon (5 mL) of maple syrup or honey, which contains only one-third of the sugar in sweetened yogurts.”
Take your coffee black
Frappuccinos add up, warns Jane Dummer, a registered dietitian in Kitchener, Ont. Save over 220 calories by ordering a black coffee instead.
Bake, don’t fry
“Bake your bacon!” recommends Jo Lusted, a TV chef and the author of Dish Do-Over. When baked, excess grease collects in the catch-pan-not on your plate.
Cut the whipping cream
For creamy sauces, Lusted suggests swapping 35 per cent whipping cream with low-fat evaporated milk.
Use less salad dressing
Consume less salad dressing by dipping your fork in a side serving of sauce, then spearing your greens.
Add cauliflower to pasta
Substitute cauliflower florets for one-third of the pasta in your favourite mac and cheese.
Say yes to yam flour
Fill your next bowl of soup with shirataki noodles-Asian-style soft noodles made from yam flour.
Pump up you cakes with puree
For those who want to eat their cake, too, replace the eggs, oil and water that you’d add to
a packaged cake mix with a 14-ounce (398 mL) can of pumpkin purée.