16 Slimming Food Swaps for Fall
More food, more flavor, less calories
-Jackie Newgent, RD
Give up great tasting food to stay svelte? No way! In fact, you can enjoy delicious food – and more of it – and stay bikini-ready long after swimsuit season comes to a close for most of us Betties. Just follow my “no ‘diet’ food required” ideas to indulge in savory and sweet favorites during all of your autumn activities.
… for reality TV watching and game-day gatherings
1. Instead of: 15 pita chips with 1/2 cup hummus (380 calories)
Swap with: 20 blue corn tortilla chips with 1/2 cup salsa (220 calories)
Hummus is nutritious, but the calories can add up quickly. Plan hummus and other beans into meals instead of for light snacking and have 160 calories to spare.
2. Instead of: 1 1/2 cups classic creamy macaroni salad (590 calories)
Swap with: 1 1/2 cups home-style potato salad and 6 cherry tomatoes, halved, and sprinkled with balsamic vinegar and fresh basil (440 calories)
It takes more fatty dressing to coat macaroni than potatoes. Savor potato salad plus a veggie side to save 150 calories.
3. Instead of: 2 cups grapes and 2 3/4 ounce Brie cheese (470 calories)
Swap with: 2 1/4 cups strawberries and 3 ounces soft goat cheese (330 calories).
Cup per cup strawberries have fewer calories than grapes; ounce per ounce goat cheese has fewer calories than brie. Follow this rule-and relish more-while cutting 140 calories.
4. Instead of: 2 (6-ounce) glasses white wine (280 calories)
Swap with: 2 (8-ounce) glasses light white wine spritzer: 5 ounces seltzer water + 3 ounces wine + orange slice for garnish each (70 calories each; 140 calories)
Sip wine the more hydrating and slimmer way to slash 140 calories by way of 0 calorie fizzy H20.
total savings = 590 calories!