5 Food Swaps That Won’t Wreck Your Diet

October 16, 2012

Losing weight, but still craving chocolate (or chips, or an after-work drink?). Try these 5 easy trade-offs and we promise you won’t feel deprived next time you want to indulge!

Craving chocolate?

Have an iced or hot chocolate. A chocolate drink made with low-fat milk and a tablespoon of sugar has 154 calories and 2 grams of fat per cup, which is about half the calories and fat of a chocolate bar. Plus it’s more satisfying. Drinking a milk-based beverage helps you eat less at your next meal.

Craving potato chips?

Try pita chips instead. It’s clear to see why: 12 potato chips have 160 calories and 10g of fat. That’s huge (and let’s face it, who only eats 12 potato chips?). Instead, slice up a pita into wedges, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, then crisp in the toaster oven. Serve with hummus and you’re still eating less calories and fat (and getting a boost of fibre).

Craving soft drinks?

We don’t need to tell you that soft drinks, even diet soft drinks, aren’t good for you. But sometimes you need that fizzy hit – here’s what we love to do. Fill a carafe up with sparkling mineral water and add slices of lemon and orange. Add mint leaves and ice cubes, and you have a delicious and refreshing healthy drink.

Craving salty snacks?

Choose popcorn. Go for the salt and butter-free variety as they are laden with sodium and artificial flavours, then just add a sprinkling of sea salt and a small knob of butter and you have a healthy snack. Take some to work with you to avoid the mid-afternoon munchies.

Craving an after-work drink?

Not sure what to order at the bar? Cocktails are high in sugary calories (think 270 calories in a margarita!). Wine has about 100 calories – even better, try a spritzer (half wine, half sparkling water) or alternative each glass of wine with a glass of water.

What’s your favourite healthy food swap?

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