Here are 100 painless ways to cut 100 or more calories a day. They all reduce fat or sugar so calorie for calorie, you’re getting more vitamins and minerals.
– Spread 1 tablespoon of all-fruit jam on your toast rather than 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter.
– Replace 1 cup of whole milk with 1/2 cup of nonfat milk.
– Eat 2 poached eggs instead of 2 fried eggs.
– Replace 1/2 cup of granola with 2 cups of Cheerios.
– Instead of using whole milk and eggs to prepare 2 slices of French toast, use nonfat milk and egg whites.
– Snack on an orange and a banana instead of a Snickers candy bar.
– Munch on 35 pretzel sticks instead of 1 ounce of dry-roasted peanuts.
– Replace 1 cup of sweetened applesauce with 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce.
– On your lamb-and-vegetable kabob, replace 2 of the 4 chunks of meat with fresh whole mushrooms.
– Dip an artichoke in 1 tablespoon of low-fat mayonnaise instead of 1 1/2 tablespoons of regular mayonnaise.
– Steam your asparagus rather than sauté it in 1 tablespoon of butter or oil.
– Instead of a 5-ounce glass of wine, opt for cherry-flavored sparkling water.
– For a chewy snack, have 1/2 cup of dried fruit rather than 9 caramels.
– Replace 3 slices of bacon with 3 slices of Light & Lean Canadian bacon.
– Eat a Lender’s egg bagel instead of a Sara Lee egg bagel.
– Select 1 cup of home-style baked beans instead of an equal serving of baked beans with franks.
– Replace 2 biscuits with 2 dinner rolls.
– When making a sandwich, use 2 slices of Roman Light 7-grain bread instead of Pepperidge Farm wheat bread.
– Eat 1/2 cup of steamed fresh broccoli instead of 1/2 cup of frozen broccoli in cheese sauce.
– Make a burrito with 1/2 cup of fat-free refried beans and 1 ounce of nonfat cheese instead of the same amount of traditional refried beans and cheese.
– Replace an apple muffin with a high-fiber English muffin.
– Reduce a typical serving of chocolate cake (1/8 of a two-layer cake) by one-third.
– Switch from 1 cup of whole-milk hot chocolate to 1 cup of steamed 1% milk flavored with a dash of almond extract.
– Replace 1 cup of caramel-coated popcorn with 2 1/2 cups of air-popped popcorn.
– Switch from 1/2 cup of yogurt-covered raisins to 1/2 cup of plain raisins.
– Snack on 1 cup of nonfat plain yogurt instead of 1 cup of custard-style yogurt.
– Top your celery sticks with 2 tablespoons of fat-free cream cheese instead of 3 tablespoons of regular cream cheese.
– Replace 2 fried-chicken drumsticks with 2 roasted drumsticks and a cup of peas and carrots.
– Instead of eating 5 chocolate-chip cookies, savor the taste of 2.
– Lighten your 2 cups of coffee with 2 tablespoons of evaporated nonfat milk instead of 2 tablespoons of half-and-half.
– Replace a 12-ounce can of cola with a 12-ounce can of diet cola.
– Thicken your cream sauce with 1 percent milk and corn starch instead of a roux of butter and flour.
– At the appetizer tray, choose 4 fresh raw mushrooms instead of 4 batter-fried mushrooms.
– Use 2 tablespoons of fat-free sour cream instead of regular sour cream (on baked potatoes or in stroganoff). If done twice in the day, 100 calories will be cut.
– Reduce the size of your steak from 4 1/2 ounces to 3 ounces.
– Grill a cheese sandwich with nonstick cooking spray instead of margarine.
– Replace 1 cup of chocolate ice cream with 2/3 cup of nonfat chocolate frozen yogurt.
– Snack on 2 ounces of oven-baked potato chips instead of regular potato chips.
– Instead of topping your salad with an ounce of croutons, get your crunch from 1/4 cup of chopped celery.
– Instead of 1 cup of macaroni salad, eat 3 1/2 cups of spinach salad with 2 tablespoons of low-calorie dressing.
– Cut the peanut butter on your sandwich from 2 tablespoons to 1 tablespoon.
– Serve your turkey with 1/4 cup of cranberry sauce instead of 1/2 cup.
– Order a sandwich on cracked wheat bread instead of a croissant.
– Complement your hamburger with 1 1/4 ounces of oven-baked tortilla chips instead of a side of fries.
– Split an apple Danish with a friend rather than eat the entire thing.
– Order 2 slices of cheese pizza instead of 2 slices of pepperoni pizza.
– Grab a Dole Fresh Lites Cherry frozen fruit bar instead of a Sunkist Coconut frozen fruit bar.
– Snack on 1/2 cup of fruit cocktail canned in water instead of 1 cup of fruit cocktail canned in heavy syrup.
– Switch from 1 cup of fruit punch to 1 cup of sparkling water flavored with 2 teaspoons of concentrated orange juice.
– Instead of eating garlic bread made with butter, spread baked garlic cloves on French bread.
– Rather than snack on 1 cup of grapefruit canned in syrup, peel and section 1 small grapefruit.
– Dip your chips in 1/2 cup of salsa instead of 1/2 cup of guacamole.
– Switch from 1/2 cup of Frusen Gladje butter pecan ice cream to Breyers butter pecan ice cream.
– Use 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise in your tuna salad instead of 2 tablespoons.
– Hold the tartar sauce on your fish sandwich, and squeeze lemon on it instead.
– Replace 3 fish sticks with 3 ounces of grilled halibut.
– In sandwich spreads or salads, use 3 teaspoons of dijonnaise instead of 4 teaspoons of mayonnaise.
– Use 2 tablespoons of light pancake syrup instead of 2 tablespoons of regular syrup.
– Top your pasta with 1 cup of marinara sauce instead of 1/2 cup of alfredo sauce.
– For each serving of pasta salad you make, reduce the oil or mayonnaise by 1 tablespoon.
– Replace 1/2 cup of peaches canned in extra-heavy syrup with 1/2 cup of peaches canned in water.
– Prepare 1/2 cup of steamed peas and cauliflower instead of frozen peas and cauliflower in cream sauce.
– Cut back on sampling during cooking. The following “tastes” have 100 calories: 4 tablespoons of beef stroganoff, 3 tablespoons of homemade chocolate pudding, 2 tablespoons of chocolate-chip cookie dough.
– At an Italian restaurant, snack on a large breadstick instead of a slice of garlic bread.
– Eat a 3/4-cup serving of pudding made with skim milk rather than a 1-cup serving of pudding made with whole milk.
– Choose 1/2 cup of brown rice instead of 1 serving of frozen rice pilaf with green beans or 1 serving of frozen Oriental rice and vegetables.
– Complement your sandwich with 3/4 cup of split-pea soup instead of 1 cup of chunky bean and ham soup.
– Replace 3 tablespoons of strawberry topping on your ice cream with 3/4 pint of fresh strawberries.
– Pass on the second helping of mashed potatoes.
– Eat 3 grilled prawns with cocktail sauce instead of 3 breaded and fried prawns.
– Make a pie crust with 1 cup of Grape-Nuts cereal, 1/4 cup of concentrated apple juice and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, instead of using a traditional graham-cracker crust. You’ll save 100 calories per slice.
– Replace 8 sticks of regular chewing gum with sugar-free chewing gum.
– Snack on a papaya instead of a bag of M&Ms.
– Substitute 3 ounces of scallops for 3 ounce of lean beef in your stir-fry.
– Rather than spread 4 tablespoons of cream cheese on two slices of raisin bread, dip the bread in 1/2 cup nonfat apple-cinnamon yogurt.
– Munch on 1 cup of frozen grapes instead of an ice cream sandwich.
– Rather than drink a strawberry milkshake, make a smoothie of 2/3 cup of low-fat milk, 1/2 cup of strawberries and 1/2 a banana.
– Replace 2 brownies with 2 fig bars.
– Eat 2 meatballs instead of 4 with your spaghetti.
– On a hot day, quench your thirst with a glass of ice water with lemon or mint instead of a can of light beer.
– Eat 1/2 cup of black beans instead of 3 ounces of roast beef.
– Replace 1 1/2 tablespoons of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spread with 1 1/2 tablespoons of Nucoa Smart Beat margarine.
– Choose 1 serving of vegetarian lasagna instead of lasagna with meat.
– Eat 2 Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain bars instead of 2 Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts.
– Drizzle 3 tablespoons of low-calorie French dressing on your salad instead of 2 tablespoons of blue cheese dressing.
– Replace 1 large flour tortilla with 1 six-inch corn tortilla.
– Eat a turkey sandwich instead of a chicken salad sandwich.
– Choose 4 1/2 ounces of tuna packed in water instead of 4 1/2 ounces of tuna packed in oil.
– At Burger King, have a Whopper Jr. Sandwich with regular fries instead of a Whopper With Cheese Sandwich.
– At Jack in the Box, eat a regular taco instead of a super taco.
– Fix 1 cup of turkey chili with beans rather than regular chili with no beans.
– Use 1 cup of fat-free cottage cheese instead of regular cottage cheese.
– Order a sandwich with barbecued chicken instead of barbecued pork.
– Replace 1 cup of corn with 1 cup of carrots
– Reduce your helping of turkey stuffing from 1 cup to 2/3 cup.
– Have a single scoop of ice cream instead of a double scoop.
– Replace 2 ounces of corn chips with 2 ounces of SnackWell’s wheat crackers.
– Eat 1 hot dog at the baseball game instead of 2.
– Shred 2 ounces of fat-free cheddar cheese on nachos instead of regular cheddar.
Courtesy of Free Weight Loss