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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tuesday’s Training Tip: Cut 100 Calories



Last Tuesday we talked about making small changes that add up. Today’s training tip is the flip side of that.  Let’s look at ways to cut 100 calories. If you really want to make that extra burn count, pair it with some wise food choices.

The obvious choices.

Give up those little extras that really add up. Swap out creamy ranch dressing for balsamic vinaigrette.  You’ll save about 70 calories for 2 tablespoons.  It’s tangy so you are likely to use less.

Switch to Fat Free milk.  Ounce for ounce you’ll get more protein and save about 30 calories per cup.  Haven’t made the switch? You can step it down to 1% if you don’t want to dive right in!

Mayo vs. salad dressing. Or should I say, Mayo Lovers vs. Salad Dressing Lovers? Is it worth an extra 50 calories per tablespoon to have your mayo? If you can’t make the switch, just forego the goo and use mustard. It packs a whopping ZERO calories!

Some creative ideas.

Whole wheat spaghetti will save about 55 calories per serving over traditional spaghetti noodles. Be sure to cook it long enough and don’t attempt to hide the whole wheat with extra sauce!

Plain yogurt is a better option than sour cream as a garnish – if you must garnish! You’ll save 35 calories on a 2 oz. serving and gain much needed live cultures for digestive health.

Lettuce wraps!  Wrap everything from taco fixings and egg roll stuffs to grilled hamburger patties and other sandwich items.

It’s not as difficult as it sounds to cut a few calories. Not sure if your food choice is wise?  Use a calorie counter like this one until you become more familiar with the good, the bad, and the oh-so-naughty things you eat.

Are you a visual learner?  This article gives you a picture of What 200 Calories Worth Of Different Foods Looks Like. You might be amazed at the different portion sizes!

What calorie cutting tips will you use in 2016?

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