Cut Your Calorie Intake With These Food Swaps

August 15, 2015
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When it comes to weight loss cutting back can be difficult – but cutting out entirely can be impossible. But weight loss can be made easy if you can cut your calorie intake with these food swaps.

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Complete diet makeovers can be overwhelming and are hard to maintain in the long-term. Transitioning into a healthy eating plan is much more practical. Baby steps are always helpful, for example; swapping white bread for wholegrain bread or full cream milk, for skim milk. These small, barely noticeable changes can make a big difference in achieving your weight loss goals and improving your overall diet.

Here, we outline some of the easiest food swaps to cut your calorie intake and improve your wellbeing.

Swap your normal hamburger bun for an English muffin

This simple and still tasty alternative can save you up to 120 calories. A regular hamburger bun or your typical white bread roll delivers 236 empty calories – mostly from the white flour – without adding any form of nutrition. Choosing a whole-wheat muffin can give you an extra boost of fibre and keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Swap cereal for oatmeal

A bowl of store brought cereal packs 200 plus calories, while a bowl of oatmeal only contains around 150 calories, plus the added benefit of less fat and sugar and extra fibre. Add some blueberries for natural sweetness and a boost of antioxidants for only an extra eight-calories.

Swap iceberg lettuce for spinach

Although it’s not really saving you any calories, iceberg lettuce doesn’t enhance your diet with any worthwhile nutrients. However, spinach is filled with iron, magnesium, folate, and Vitamins A and C that will all keep your metabolism in tip-top shape.

Swap potatoes for sweet potatoes

You can cut approximately 50-calories from your diet by swapping one medium sized potatoe for one medium sized sweet potatoe. The great thing about potatoes is they’re so diverse! You can have sweet potatoe fries, wedges, mashed sweet potatoe, or even roasted sweet potatoes.

Swap potatoe chips for kale chips

Kale is considered a superfood for good reason – it’s packed with essential nutrients that can boost your metabolism and keep your body functioning healthily. One-and-a-half-cups of kale chips will only set you back 84 calories, while the same amount of potatoe chips will stock you up with 200 calories. Not to mention a standard serve of kale fulfils your daily intake of Vitamins A and C, with a generous amount of calcium and folate.

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Swap sour cream for Greek yoghurt

Sour cream can be addictive! Whether it’s on wedges or nachos, as dressings or in soup – but it’s also filled with unnecessary fats and calories. Jumping on the Greek yoghurt bandwagon can help you easily cut back on those calories without sacrificing taste. Greek yoghurt has half the calories, tastes very similar and is filled with probiotics that help support the healthy bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract.

These simple food swaps can make sure you stay on the road to success without compromising on taste!

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