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How to Cut Calories in Comfort Foods

Trim the calories from your favorite comfort foods by following these simple tips.


  • Step 1: Substitute a whole egg Replace a whole egg in a recipe with two egg whites.
  • Step 2: Keep creamy taste Keep the creamy taste of mashed potatoes by using buttermilk instead of whole milk or heavy cream.
  • TIP: You can also use fat-free milk or half- and-half.
  • Step 3: Replace white bread Replace white bread with whole wheat or sprouted bread.
  • Step 4: Switch chocolate Choose dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa instead of milk or white chocolate.
  • TIP: Dark chocolate has many antioxidants.
  • Step 5: Replace noodles Replace the noodles in lasagna with grilled zucchini or eggplant.
  • Step 6: Make macaroni and cheese Make macaroni and cheese with whole-wheat noodles, low-fat milk, and low-fat cheese for a healthy substitute.
  • Step 7: Eat almonds Grab a couple of almonds if you are craving a salty snack. Almonds are one of the most nutritious nuts.
  • FACT: Global almond production for 2009-2010 was forecast to be 760,000 metric tons.

You Will Need

  • 2 egg whites
  • Buttermilk
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Sprouted bread
  • Dark chocolate
  • 70% cocoa
  • Grilled zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Whole wheat noodles
  • Low-fat milk
  • Low-fat cheese
  • Almonds
  • Fat-free milk (optional)
  • Half-and-half (optional)

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