Monday, June 4, 2012

Trying to Cut Calories? Try These Substitutions!

Potatoes
Craving mashed potatoes? Try using cauliflower instead. Boil cauliflower until tender. Mash using masher for "home style" or use an electric mixer for smooth texture. You may add butter, or milk, skim milk would be best. Season to taste.

Chips and Salsa
Salsa is a low-calorie snack. However those pesky chips add up. Try using vegetables instead. Cucumbers, celery, zucchini and other vegetables that can be sliced in flat manner work great.

Salad Dressing
Many people on diets default to choosing salads to cut back on calories. However many do not realize how many calories can be packed into their dressing. Especially a cream based dressing. Try using non-fat cottage cheese. Some brands are more liquid than others. You may need to experiment to find the consistency that you prefer.

  • Another great alternative to salad dressing is salsa! There are a variety of flavors and textures to choose from. You and get chunky or smooth, sweet or spicy, etc.

Soft Taco Shells
Going low carb? Try using eggs! You can use just whites or the whole egg. Crack eggs into a bowl and beat. Pour a thin layer of egg into a greased pan. Cook on a low heat. Using a spatula can help remove the egg "pancake" from the pan without tearing it.

Making a wrap?
Forget the pita. Just use lettuce leaves.

Peanut Butter
Just two tablespoons of peanut butter has 190 calories and a whopping 150 calories are from fat. Try using powdered peanut butter. It contains 45 calories and 13 from fat. Just add water and stir!

Hot Dogs
Try turkey or chicken dogs, by the time you put your zero calorie mustard on it you won't be able to taste a difference from beef or pork dogs.

Hamburgers
Mix equal parts lean ground beef or turkey with found mushrooms to cut calories in half. Trade the large puffy bun for a "sandwich thin". Use low-fat cheese.

Sour Cream
Use non-fat greek yogurt. It is thick and tart like sour cream.

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