There are some great tips here, including using egg beaters or even just the whites of the egg whites in scrambled eggs. I recently discovered turkey bacon - YUMMY. I made a grilled steak with jalapenos and cream cheese wrapped in bacon last night for dinner, my son couldn't even tell it had turkey bacon instead of the regular fat and sodium loaded hickory smoked bacon I usually use.
If you are just starting on your journey of eating healthier, just take it one step at a time. Pay attention to serving sizes first and get that down. If you are like most people, your usual serving size is probably 1-1/2 to 2 times the recommended size. After you get that down and get used to eating smaller portions (you'll be amazed at the results of just this), then focus on changing how you prepare your food and what you eat, swapping out 1 or 2 a day with healthy versions and just increase that every week.
As far as pasta and breads, concentrate on what you put on those things. Some sauces can be LOADED with fat and calories (and sodium) that are not needed. I recently discovered how much sodium is in some of my favorite pasta sides I've been making for years. I've been cutting back to just a half serving lately since a full serving is just too much food for me along with the main part of the meal and a salad or other veggies on the side. I started doing 1 ounce (a serving is 2 ounces dry) of angel hair pasta and toss with some butter (I use Brummel and Brown spread but just 1/2 TBSP) or a drizzle of olive oil with some fresh pressed garlic and/or Italian herbs. This is just as yummy as the box mixes but MUCH healthier. As above, just make small changes, a few at at time, to your existing diet.
You will be surprised with yourself. Once you make these changes and eat healthier for a while, you won't like the taste of those other things you used to think you couldn't live without! I haven't had Velvetta Shells and Cheese (used to LOVE it) in a REALLY long time as I've been eating healthier sides. My daughter wanted some with some burgers I made the other night for dinner. I was surprised by the sodium, and it didn't fit into my meal plan for the day, so I planned on having something else, but she still made it for her and my son. I did have the room on my meal plan for a spoon full (just a fraction of a serving - I think I figured 1/16 of a serving), and it was just too salty to me and not nearly as good as I remembered it being. After that, I didn't feel like I was depriving myself.
Just remember 1 step at a time!!
| current weight: 154.5