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AKL432 Posts: 8
1/27/13 3:10 P

Great ideas, everyone - thanks for sharing!!

I'll have to try the salt on bread idea - very intriguing!

Here are a few more of mine:
- Put salt instead of butter on vegetables (great especially for cauliflower)
- Chick Fil A and Wendy's put butter on their buns. I always ask for no butter on the bun, and save 40-50 calories.
- When buttering bread, I don't spread it on the entire slice of bread. I butter each bite right before I eat it, and I only put a dab of butter in the middle of the piece. This way, it hits my taste buds, but I don't need as much butter. I end up using about 1/3 less butter, but it tastes like I'm using more because my taste buds taste every single bit of the butter I do use
- When weighing and measuring out foods, I always measure out a little less (example: 150g becomes 145g; 100g becomes 95g). It's not a big enough difference to be noticeable to me, but all those shortages will add up over the course of a month or year!

Becky - how exciting about the article! Can't wait to read it and see the sum total of the calorie savings!!

Edited by: AKL432 at: 1/27/2013 (15:11)
CYND59 Posts: 7,691
1/27/13 2:28 P

Moderation. Remember it is ok to leave food on your plate!

AUDREYUK Posts: 631
1/27/13 10:36 A

When I go to an Asian restaurant with good broth based soups (ramen, udon, pho, etc) I ask them to only use 1/2 as many noodles as they usually would. That way the fill the rest of the space up with broth. I still get my fix, but that way I don't over eat the noodles and still have the satisfying sense of feeling free to eat the whole big bowl. It feels indulgent, but with so few noodles, it's not such a calorie bomb.

Another favourite thing of mine is if I'm craving Tex-Mex and I'm in the US, I go to Taco Cabana and get a salad. They have a huge fresh salsa bar and I really go crazy with it. All of the different flavours really enhance the salad and for so few calories.

*When I was a kid, anytime my mom made something with ground beef (tacos, spaghetti sauce, etc) she would put the meat into a strainer and then run it under the hot tap on full blast for a minute or two to flush out any extra fat. We could never tell the difference when eating it.

Edited by: AUDREYUK at: 1/27/2013 (10:40)
1/27/13 9:31 A

How timely...for I have been asked to write a blog about this topic.
The blog is to be about ways to cut calories with foods that are "already" prepared for you...
Like blotting that oil of the restaurant pizza
not eating the end of the pie crust

Any other ideas along this line...
I will be happy to weigh these amounts and determine the calories saved.
Look for the blog in the daily spark...around March 15.

Dietitian Becky

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
1/27/13 8:24 A

I am going to go the other way. I eat 60% fat, and very low carb, which allows me to cut my calories, since I am not hungry. I love butter, and eggs, but also eat 10 servings of vegetables, just low glycemic ones, like onions, and mushrooms, and green beans.

This allows me to eat 2100 calories a day average, where if I didn't eat low carb, I could eat that for 4th meal. Since I am not hungry, and just eat at my scheduled meals, this is a painless way to cut calories.

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
1/27/13 5:47 A

-Put salt on bread instead of butter. If you haven't tried it before, you'll be amazed.
-instead of putting butter on steamed vegetables, put lemon juice on them (especially good on broccoli)
-leave added fats out of recipes to see if it will work - often, it will. You can make hummus without oil (I use PB2 instead of tahini, and no olive oil).
-replace 2/3 of the pasta with cauliflower when making macaroni and cheese; and replace 2/3 of the cheese with Greek yogurt. Just add a little extra salt.
-cut the pasta in half and triple the vegetables
-make muffins and quickbreads without oil, use applesauce instead. I've even made gingerbread with ginger tea instead of oil.
-pancakes and crepes work without egg. Don't change anything else in the recipe, just omit the egg.

Edited by: NAUSIKAA at: 1/27/2013 (05:47)
ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
1/26/13 3:48 P

I use vegetarian 'meats' because they taste so good. I'm not a vegetarian. I love the deli 'meats' in a sandwich (Yves makes a good one, but Tofurky does, too). The Tofuky turkey loaf is not that great, as a substitute for a roast turkey - I have heard - but most Tofurky stuff is really good. And fewer calories, lots, lots fewer. The only non-meat thing that shows up in the same refrigerator case, and doesn't seem to be low-calorie, is Quorn. Which, I hate to say, is just delicious. Darn. Vegetarians must love that stuff, the ones who don't diet, and just eat non-meat stuff and don't count calories. It's really yummy.

SNOWJESTER SparkPoints: (29,896)
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1/26/13 3:46 P

I do exactly what yojulez does. 1 tbs of peanut butter instead of 2. When I saute or make stirfry I use a non stick pan and a tsp of olive oil instead of a tbs. Gets the job done.

SWEDIEPIE Posts: 338
1/26/13 3:43 P

Mine are more due to dietary necessity than to cut calories, but they do still save calories and I can eat more of other things.

-I make my own clean eating ranch dressing that is 15 calories for two tbps, instead of 80-something for bottled light ranch.
-I chop up cauliflower and that is my "chip" for my dips when my husband has tortilla chips.
-I use almond milk in my coffee instead of regular milk or cream. 40 calories for an entire cup, and it cuts down on my dairy intake, which I have to pay attention to.
-I use PB2 instead of regular peanut butter. This is my little bit of heaven each day.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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1/26/13 2:10 P

Just use less of something. Like, peanut butter. I found that 1tbsp is more than enough for, say, an english muffin and it still tastes very peanut buttery. A serving is 2 tbsp. Same goes for sauces, usually you can use a lot less and still get the same flavor.

AKL432 Posts: 8
1/26/13 2:01 P

What are some of your painless ways to trim calories, where you truly don't miss them? I'll start with a few examples. Each may not trim a lot of calories, but every little bit helps!

Here are my truly painless ways to trim calories:

- Blotting oil off pizza or melted cheese
- Picking nuts off of cookies/breads/muffins (I'm not a nut fan, so I don't miss them!)
- Trimming the extra parts of bread hanging off the edges of my sandwich/burger
- When I bake cookies or muffins, I always put the hot cookies/muffins on a paper towel/napkin to absorb excess oil.
- Taking off the top or bottom piece of bread from a sandwich/burger (and I also try to eat only 3/4 of the remaining slice).
- When eating french fries, I don't eat the burned/extra crispy/overcooked ones because they don't taste delicious. (I used to be a member of the clean plate club!)

These may not trim a lot of calories, but every little bit helps! Why eat the extra calories if I truly won't miss them?

What other tricks do you use to painlessly trim calories?

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