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Having Your Cake & Eating it Too!

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Popular High Calorie Foods, Healthy Substitutes

There are tons of charts that depict a specific food, then offer an alternative suggestion to help the dieter save fat and calories.  

However, there are times when only the real-deal will do when it comes to favorite foods.  

When you're really craving devil's food cake, an angel in disguise just isn't going to solve the diet dilemma.

Keeping this in mind, we've created a chart that contains popular foods and alternative suggestions for that food.  

So perhaps we CAN have our cake and eat it too!

Start Small, Work Up - You Can Always Go Back for More Food if You're Still Hungry

Whenever we're watching our calorie intake to encourage weight loss, it's a good idea to start out small, then build from there.  

We can always go back and add a bit more food if we don't feel satisfied - and that's a lot better feeling than cramming in the back-forty, then feeling miserable about our diet because we just ate too much.

High Calorie Food Substitutes While Dieting, How Many Calories Can You Save?

Franks, Weiners, Link Sausages

Reduce Calories & Fat By: Slicing frank down the middle to create 2 slim franks. Depending upon the brand used, save 70 - 130 calories.  Calories will be sliced in half, literally!

Calorie Percentage Slashes by 50%.

Large Bagel

Reduce Calories & Fat By: Enjoying a small bagel. No need to completely ditch that healthy bagel.  Large bagels can contain 400 or more calories each while a small bagel contains 1/3 that many calories.

Calorie Percentage Slashes by 75%.

Regular Soda, Sweet Tea

Reduce Calories & Fat By: Drinking diet soda or unsweetened tea.

Calorie Percentage Slashes by 100%.

Mac 'N Cheese

Reduce Calories & Fat By: Preparing with skim milk, skim cheese & no calorie butter. If recipe calls for 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of cheese & 2 Tablespoons of butter, calories are about sliced in half.

Calorie Percentage Slashes by 50%.

Regular Hamburger Bun Averaging 240 Calories

Reduce Calories & Fat By: Small Hamburger Bun. Decrease body-bun size by decreasing hamburger bun size. How easy is this? Large buns contain about 240 calories each while a small bun contains 90-120 calories.  

Calorie Percentage Slashes by 50%.

Strawberry Shake

Reduce Calories & Fat By: Blending together 1 cup of skim milk, 3 large frozen strawberries, dash vanilla extract, 2 ice cubes. A typical small strawberry shake contains over 400 calories.  Ours - a tab over 100 calories.

Calorie Percentage Slashes by 75%.

Large Slices of Bread Averaging 130-190 kcals Per Slice

Reduce Calories & Fat By: Substituting 35-70 calorie bread slices. If you find that you just can't do without that big slice of gourmet bread, then slice it in half before creating your sandwich.

Calorie Percentage Slashes by 50% to 75%.

Eggnog, Regular Whole Milk Base

Reduce Calories & Fat By: Choosing the light versions of eggnog. One cup of full-blown eggnog can contain aver 400 calories.

Calorie Percentage Slashes by 40% to 50%.

Scrambled Eggs

Reduce Calories & Fat By: Using egg substitute such as EggBeaters. Save about 75 calories.

Calorie Percentage Slashes by 75%.

Back Porch Lemonade, Sweetened With Sugar

Reduce Calories & Fat By: Using spring water, lemon juice, no calorie sweetener & a spring of mint. Lemonade goes from 140 calories per cup to 0 quicker than you can pucker up.

Calorie Percentage Slashes by 100%.

Cheeseburger, Regular Size

Reduce Calories & Fat By: Reducing the size of the bun as suggested above PLUS using 60-70 calorie REAL cheese.  

For Mayo lovers, opt for the light version rather than the fat-free for a full-bodied flavor. Opt for extra lean beef OR go even leaner with ground turkey.  Reduce the size of the patties. Calories can be shaved in half.

Calorie Percentage Slashes by 50%.

Mom's Meatloaf

Reduce Calories & Fat By: Using ground turkey over ground beef. A typical slice of homemade meatloaf contains about 400 calories based on 200 calories per three ounces.

Calorie Percentage Slashes by 40% to 75% depending upon the cut of hamburger used in the recipe.

Drumstick Ice Cream Cone

Reduce Calories & Fat By: Using a small waffle cone (60 calories), 1/2 cup of non-fat frozen yogurt (90 calories), chocolate hardening sauce (40 calories) and 1 teaspoon of crushed pecans.

A large Drumsticks may contain 430 calories or more.  Our skinnier version cuts the calories in half.

Calorie Percentage Slashes by 50%.

Strawberry Shortcake

Reduce Calories & Fat By: Using dessert cake cups (90-110 calories each depending upon brand used). Creating a glaze by heating strawberries in microwave, then adding no calorie sweetener. Opting for LIGHT whipped topping.

The traditional two-ounce slice of pound cake used to create strawberry short cake contains about 400 calories. To that gets added: whipped topping and glaze which can bring the calorie count to 600 or more calories per serving.

Calorie Percentage Slashes by 75%.

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