Not only do they slim your waist, but they improve your overall health—and best of all, they cut major calories without sacrificing the taste of some of your favorite foods.
Swap: Pasta for Spaghetti SquashCalories Saved: 200 1 of 8
If you just can't give up your favorite Italian dishes, spaghetti squash is a great substitute. The squash saves you about 200 calories, and boasts tons of vitamin C, folate and magnesium. It's also extremely easy to make. Once cooked, simply use a fork to remove pieces for an Angel hair pasta texture.
Dress it up with traditional marinara sauce or create a buttery garlic dish.
Swap: Flavored Yogurt for Plain YogurtCalories Saved: 40 2 of 8
Yogurt is not only filling but packed with nutrients and digestion-aiding enzymes, but it often gets distorted with sugary additives that are common in those individual fruit-at-the-bottom cups. Something to remember: Whenever items are added to yogurt, even fruit, they usually come with a serving of high fructose corn syrup.
Your best bet? Buy plain yogurt and add your own fresh fruits.
Swap: Regular Beef for Grass-fed BeefCalories Saved: 92 3 of 8
Sure, steak is an awesome source of protein, iron and good fat. But the quality of the beef makes a big difference in calories and nutrition. Grass-fed beef has less fat, and the fat that is present has a higher concentration of omega-3s (credited with aiding brain-centric diseases such as ADHD and Alzheimer's).
Swap: Frappuccino for LatteCalories Saved: At least 50 4 of 8
Can't help but satisfy that sweet tooth with a Frappuccino sugar rush? You may want to think twice. Even a Frappuccino without the whipped cream packs major calories.
Try a vanilla latte instead with two-percent milk. You can still satisfy your sweet tooth while saving at least 50 calories, often, more depending on the Frappuccino. Not to mention, this swap also saves you a whopping 40 grams of sugar!
Swap: Peanuts for EdamameCalories Saved: 100 5 of 8
Heart-healthy peanuts are an excellent snack, but their calorie count is high. Trade out this legume for another favorite with half the calories and twice the protein. Edamame sprinkled with a dash of sesame seed and salt proves to be the superior snack when you want to cut calories and add nutrition.
Swap: Ice Cream for Frozen BananasCalories Saved: At least 45 6 of 8
Just because you're watching calorie intake doesn't mean dessert is a thing of the past. Simply take the sweetness of (frozen) bananas and a touch of cocoa powder to mimic a chocolate ice cream. Talk about a guilt-free treat!
Swap: Hamburger Bun for English MuffinCalories Saved: 60 7 of 8
Of course, you've heard of the lettuce bun, which definitely saves calories. However, iceberg lettuce doesn't add much in the way of nutrition, and it can make it difficult to hold the burger together.
Instead, use a whole wheat English muffin. Toast it or eat it plain—either way it's a fiber-filled and nutritious addition to your burger. Now, those are calories worth consuming.