3 Healthy Food Swaps to Cut Calories
No one wants to think about diet-friendly dining this time of year. With summer winding down, we’re on the brink of indulgent holiday eating. From candy corn on Halloween to mashed potatoes and gravy for Christmas dinner, there is no shortage of tempting foods this time of year. We would never, ever tell you to skip those yummy treats. Instead of feeling guilty, consider making some simple substitutes in your everyday meals. Read on for our team’s favorite ways to cut calories where it counts.
Swap #1: Zoodles are a Worthy Alternative to Heavy Pasta
This isn’t a new trend. Low-carb is a simple diet to follow that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Restaurants and food manufacturers have created ways to love pasta alternatives without sacrificing on flavor. The lowest calorie options when it comes to zoodles are straightforward, spiralized zucchini or sweet potato.
Many pasta preparations actually benefit from zoodles instead of noodles. Delicious cream-based dishes often become overwhelming when pairing with a caloric starch. Zoodles cut hundreds of calories, even when they swim in a buttery, delicious sauce.
Swap #2: Cook with Greek Yogurt instead of Sour Cream
This is a simple food swap that goes a long way. In fact, many dishes are actually elevated from the distinct tang of Greek yogurt. Next time you prepare a salad dressing or thicken a sauce, go with yogurt instead. It’s important to select the right kind, though. Look for plain, low-fat Greek yogurt to benefit from the flavor and reduced calories.
What’s the calorie difference in this minor substitute? ¼ cup of sour cream comes in at a little over 110 calories, while ¼ cup of Greek yogurt is around 35 calories. You just can’t beat that.
Swap #3: Order Your Cocktails with the Calories in Mind
This is probably the least fun suggestion on the list. We hate to break it to you, but many of the tastiest cocktails boast the highest calorie counts. Next time you go to order some booze, think twice about the ingredients. Our favorite low-calorie beverage options include dry white wine or a vodka soda with lime.
Would you prefer to order a cocktail straight from our hand-crafted list? We don’t blame you! Check out the Cucumber Basil Gimlet next time you stop by.
Enjoy Healthy, Delicious Food at Julington Creek Fish Camp this Fall
Our team values the benefits of healthy eating. From fresh salad choices to healthy vegetable side dishes, the Fish Camp restaurants make it easy for our visitors to enjoy without over-indulging.