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15 Heart-Healthy Versions of Your Favorite Foods

Smart Swaps for Your Unhealthy Favorites

French Fries
1 small
230 calories
11 g fat
270 mg sodium
Skinny Spiced Sweet Potato Fries
117 calories
5 g fat
158 mg sodium
Hot Wings
6 wings
300 calories
20 g fat
432 mg sodium
Better Buffalo Chicken Bites
223 calories
4 g fat
282 mg sodium
1 serving
450 calories
17 g fat
1,200 mg sodium
Leaner Lasagna
271 calories
10 g fat
284 mg sodium
Loaded Potato Skins
3 skins
304 calories
19 g fat
677 mg sodium
Lean Potato Skins
128 calories
2 g fat
128 mg sodium
Macaroni and Cheese
1 serving, made according to box directions
400 calories
3.5 g fat
580 mg sodium
Skinny Mac and Cheese
230 calories
4 g fat
306 mg sodium
1 slice
350 calories
19 g fat
1,020 mg sodium
Better than Mom's Meatloaf
234 calories
6 g fat
189 mg sodium
Philly Cheesesteak
1 sandwich
393 calories
14 g fat
1,950 mg sodium
Lean Philly Cheesesteak
341 calories
12 g fat
254 mg sodium
1 serving frozen extra cheese pizza
350 calories
15 g fat
660 mg sodium
Slimmer Pesto Pizza
220 calories
10 g fat
182 mg sodium
Potato Chips
1 ounce regular chips
160 calories
10 g fat
170 mg sodium
Microwave Herb Potato Chips
64 calories
0 g fat
90 mg sodium
Stuffed Baked Potato
1 potato
569 calories
24 g fat
793 mg sodium
Sinless Stuffed Sweet Potato
312 calories
2 g fat
231 mg sodium

Regardless of your reason to choose heart-healthier recipes and meals, these comfort food makeovers are sure to please. Only you will know that these dishes are easier on the arteries and the waistline--your taste buds will be none the wiser!

Note: Because the majority of our members are trying to lose weight, our heart-health guidelines are based on the same calorie guidelines we offer for weight loss. Entrees are under 350 calories, 3 grams saturated fat and 480 milligrams sodium. Combo meals, such as protein and starch or protein, starch and a vegetable, have slightly higher limits of up to 500 calories, 7 grams saturated fat and 600 milligrams of sodium. Sides clock in below 250 calories, 2 grams saturated fat, and 360 milligrams sodium.  
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Stepfanie Romine Stepfanie Romine
A former newspaper reporter, Stepfanie now writes about nutrition, health, fitness and cooking. She is a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher who enjoys running, international travel and all kinds of vegetables. See all of Stepfanie's articles.

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