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Instead of THAT, Eat THIS!
9/9/2015 12:02:10 PM

Instead of THAT, Eat THIS

Whether you want to eat fewer calories or just eat better, simple alternatives to the foods you love can make a difference. So, instead of THAT, eat THIS.

Instead of dipping your chips or veggies in Ranch dip, try hummus dip. Two tablespoons of Ranch dip has 120 calories while the same amount of hummus dip has 60 calories.

Instead of ordering the 740-calorie Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese at McDonald’s, make your own lower-calorie version. Order one plain burger and one cheeseburger. Put the two meat patties and slice of cheese on one bun, and discard the other bun. Ask for lettuce and tomato for added nutrition, and you’ve cut about 340 calories.

Instead of screaming for ice cream, indulge in a Smart Ones fudge bar. Ice cream contains anywhere from 130 to nearly 300 calories for one-half cup. For 80 calories, you can cure your craving with an ice cream bar that also delivers four grams of fiber and three grams of protein.

Instead of snacking on a chewy granola bar, choose a crunchy one. Chewy bars generally contain more sugar and fat while crunchy ones of equal size tend to contain less, thus fewer calories.

Instead of going to a Mexican restaurant for nachos, make your own. Use reduced-fat tortilla chips, fat-free refried beans, and shredded chicken. Top with diced tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, shredded low-fat cheese, and light sour cream. You will save yourself loads of calories, sodium, and fat.

Instead of snacking on chocolate chip cookies, choose Fig Newtons. One chocolate chip cookie has 75 calories. At 110 calories for two cookies, the fig bars aren’t nutritionally perfect, but at least they contain actual fruit and more nutrition than the cookie.

Instead of munching on Lay’s potato chips, munch on air-popped popcorn. For 160 calories you only get about 15 chips, but you can eat three cups of air-popped popcorn for 140 calories. All you need is a brown paper bag and a microwave oven. Not only do you get more to eat, but popcorn is a great source of fiber. Instructions can be found at

Instead of a baked potato, choose a baked sweet potato. Sweet potatoes have slightly fewer calories, more fiber, and are an especially good source of vitamin A. They are delicious on their own. No butter or sugar needed.

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