16 Slimming Food Swaps for Fall

Jackie Newgent, RD offers 16 tips on how to slim down for the fall and look fabulous!
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16 Slimming Food Swaps for Fall

More food, more flavor, less calories

-Jackie Newgent, RD

Tiny-waisted woman

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.

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… for reality TV watching and game-day gatherings

blue tortilla chips1. 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.

wine spritzer4. 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!

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  1. I think it’s dangerous to only concern yourself with the calorie count and not consider the nutrition. For example, why not swap the typical yogurt with Greek yogurt or plain yogurt with some honey or fruit added for sweetness and leave out the cottage cheese that has practically no calcium.

    Plus, some of the swaps just are not realistic. Salsa is no substitute for hummus. Salsa has little nutritional value whereas hummus has fiber, healthy fats, and protein.

    It’s more important to be smart about the portions eaten than trying to avoid fat and calories like the plague. Especially the good fats in foods like hummus.

  2. Thanks for all of the comments on my article. I’d like to add that when developing this list of foods, nutrition was indeed considered. It’s not realistic to list all of the nutrition info due to space limitations. The focus here is meant to be the calories. And though not the case for all the foods I suggested in this article, a key goal of this piece is to show how you can actually enjoy larger portions of foods when they are nutrient-rich. I love to focus on what you CAN have. Hope you enjoy my articles to come. Cheers to good health!

  3. all of those tips sound great, but I LOVE to snack on hummus so that one might be a challenge… I also like whoslily’s idea about plain yogurt with honey or fresh fruit. Cottage cheese is no sub for yogurt!

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