Instead of waiting for holiday weight gain to creep on before you start thinking about your diet, start thwarting the festive season pounds today by making small changes in your eating habits. Here are 8 easy ways to cut 100 calories.
Swap out maple syrup for yogurt
A one-fourth cup serving of maple syrup weighs in at about 200 calories. In contrast, the same quantity of coconut yogurt comes in at 100 calories. Top your pancakes and waffles with yogurt to cut the calories and boost the nutrition of your breakfast.
Make open-faced sandwiches
Is the best part of your sandwich the bread or the filling? For many of us, it’s the filling (unless you happen to get a really amazing bread). When making sandwiches, omit the top slice of bread and replace it with a few lettuce leaves.
Opt for salsa
Bean dip and guacamole are loaded with health-promoting nutrients but if you’re paring calories, consider swapping them out for salsa. One-half cup of bean dip comes in at about 175 calories. One-half cup of guacamole has 180 calories. One-half cup of salsa only has about 70 calories.
Sip on seltzer
Instead of soft drinks, make your own carbonated drink with sugar-free flavored syrups and seltzer water, which are calorie-free.
Get grilled instead of fried
Eating your vegetables can help lower your total calorie intake but only if you steer clear of breaded and fried veggies and opt for grilled or roasted.
Go for fresh fruit
That handful of dried fruit is loaded with nutrients but it is also high in calories. You can eat a four-ounce apple for about 70 calories while a 4-ounce serving of dried apples comes in 210 calories.
Eat kale chips
Kale chips are so easy to make and packed with far more nutrients that the usual handful of chips. One ounce of corn chips weighs in at 147 calories while one ounce of kale chips is only about 30 calories.
Instead of gobbling up your meal, whatever it may be, slow down and savor every bite. Pay attention to your hunger and satiety, eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. When you haplessly shove food in your mouth, you never really taste what you’re eating and you end up eating more calories than your body needs.