Check Out These Low-calorie Replacements
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Dieting isn't always the most fun topic to discuss, but what if you could enjoy the same food you're used to while pursuing your healthy goals? Believe it or not, there are some low-calorie foods out there that can replace some of your favorite meals without having a huge impact on flavor.
That's better than going hungry or eating a salad for every meal, right?
The next time you're reaching for that feel-good food, find some of these replacements with fewer calories instead.
Ditch Pasta, Use Veggies
If you ever needed a reason to buy a spiralizer, here it is. Generally, most vegetables have fewer calories than your ordinary package of noodles. The next time you're doing pasta salad or lasagna, use spiral-cut zucchini or thinly sliced eggplant.
If you're looking for a particularly similar replacement for the pasta in that angel hair and marinara dish, go for slow-cooked spaghetti squash. The meat of the veggie closely matches the consistency, taste, texture and shape of those noodles, and the calorie savings are huge.
Trade Egg with Yolk for Egg Whites
What's better than a few fried eggs or an omelet for breakfast? The same meal without the yolk. You'd be surprised how many calories this little trick can save you. In a large egg, the yolk contains roughly three times the amount of calories contained in the egg white.
But be careful when you're switching to egg whites at the store. Take a good look at those nutrition labels. Some products add sugar, which can sap from some of your healthy-eating goals. Separating eggs is always a great bet.
"There are 167 calories in a cup of applesauce compared to vegetable oil's 1920 calories."
Apple Sauce Over Oil
This is a trick often used in baking. While oil is a common ingredient used to give pastries and desserts moisture and to bind ingredients, its not the lightest in the calorie department. In fact, comparing it with apple sauce reveals just how dramatic a difference it is. There are around 167 calories in a cup of sweetened applesauce compared to a cup of vegetable oil's 1920 calories.
Moreover, the U.S. Department of Agriculture called unsweetened applesauce "a great fat substitute in baking cakes, muffins, breads, and other baked goods." And if you like a light, fruity taste in your baked goods, this switch is a win-win.