Buy Plain Yogurt
The benefits of yogurt are immense, but many of these bonuses are undone by cartons full of fruit-flavored, gummy messes. Grab a carton of Chobani’s non-fat plain yogurt, which rings in at 90 calories, over their fruit-on-the-bottom mango, a mix that serves up 140 calories and 12 extra grams of added sugar. Feel free to top off your plain cup with a sprinkling of nuts and oats to complement the protein-rich yogurt with some healthy fats and complex carbs.
Keep Dressings On The Side
When a restaurant dresses your salad for you, you’re apt to get at least four tablespoons of a fatty and calorie-laden sauce that suffocates your once-nutritious vegetables! That can equate to anywhere between 300 to 400 calories, depending on your dressing of choice. Ask for the dressing on the side and only use half of it to save more than 150 calories. But make sure you still use some! Adding fat to your salad will help your body absorb plenty of health-promoting nutrients.
Switch Your Cut of Meat
Next time you find yourself craving a cut of beef, ask your butcher for a sirloin tip side steak instead of the filet mignon. Although the former isn’t naturally as tender as the latter, it’s a very flavorful cut of protein that your taste buds will love. Plus, the swap saves you 132 calories every 3.5-ounce serving! Use a chef’s secret and salt your meat for an hour at room temperature before cooking it. The salt draws out the juices of the cut and tenderizes the protein, making it more flavorful and tender.
Sub a Side Salad
Bye bye, miss American fries. The small order of spuds that you grab with your burger at McDonald’s tacks on an extra 230 calories to your meal. Swap out a side salad dressed with Newman’s Own Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette to save 180 calories. And if you really need those fries, you could even eat your salad and switch to the kid-sized version, and still save 140 calories—and that isn’t even including the dozens of calories spared from each ketchup packet.
Sip on Light Beers
Simply ordering a 96-calorie Miller Lite over a 145-calorie Budweiser saves you just under 50 calories every 12-ounce can or bottle of beer you order. And when you’re going for a second round with your boss—those calories sure add up.
Choose Thinner Foods
You’re trying to get thin, so why not eat thin as well? It’s the easiest way to eat your favorite indulgences without the calorie guilt. Sargento’s Ultra Thin Mild Cheddar slices are only 45 calories, whereas their classic slice is 80 calories. Combine that with a sandwich made from Arnold’s 100-calorie, Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins instead of two 110-calorie slices of their Extra Grainy 17-Grain bread, and you’ll save yourself 155 calories on one sandwich alone!
Turn Your Sandwich into a Salad
Two, 110-calorie big slices of bread with a two tablespoons of mayo—totaling a surprising 200 calories—easily puts you back over 400 calories in one sandwich. And we haven’t even gotten to the meat of it, yet! Either swap your tablespoon of mayo for dijon mustard to save 85 calories, simply roll up your turkey and swiss with some mustard into bite-size roll-ups to save 305 calories, or throw your slices of meat and cheese on a bed of lettuce to create a chef’s salad and top with a couple tablespoons of shallot vinaigrette to save 240 calories.
Skinny Up Your Cocktails
We all know frozen margs aren’t the healthiest drink in the bar, but that typically doesn’t stop us from ordering them. Maybe this will: Did you realize that the average serving has a whopping 401 calories and 72 grams of sugar per glass? That’s more sweet stuff than you’d find in 18—yes, 18!—Dunkin’ Donuts Sugared Raised Donuts! Order a mojito or a glass of Chianti to save between 266 and 289 calories per drink.
Dab Your Pizza
Did you know the average American consumes 744 calories during a typical pizza-eating session? That’s certainly more than two slices. Since that’s the case, this simple trick will make your pie a little more waistline-friendly: a recent study found that dabbing the oil from the surface of your slice with a paper towel or napkin can wipe away 40 calories compared to an un-dabbed one. Have two slices and you’ve saved 80 calories.