msn health & fitness 1. EAT MUSTARD
Mustard stimulates the metabolism and helps your body burn calories. Not to mention that 1 tablespoon of mustard contains 67 calories less than mayonnaise, making it a much healthier option.
2. BURGERS: GET RID OF THE BUNS
Eating a burger without the buns helps you save at least 135 calories per burger! The best way to do this is by swapping the bread out with 2 lettuce leaves. This way you can enjoy your favorite cheeseburger without the guilt!
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3. SMALL PORTIONS
When it comes to portion control, it’s always better to start small. Start with the smaller half of your bagel or sandwich, and see if you really feel hungry enough to eat the other half.
4. ADD HERBS TO YOUR WATER
Adding fresh herbs like mint or basil to your water is a great way to give it a delicious, refreshing taste. Then swap out your usual juice or soda with this flavored water, and you’ll save about 156 calories per glass!
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5. PUT THE JUICE AWAY
Even though juice is healthy and delicious, it’s often also full of hidden sugars and calories. Opt for water instead and you’ll save yourself 100 calories per glass!
6. COOK YOUR OATS IN WATER
Cooking your oats in water instead of milk can save you up to 130 calories at breakfast!
7. CINNAMON INSTEAD OF SUGAR
When it comes to coffee, yogurt or cornflakes, it’s best to avoid adding any extra sugar. If you have a sweet tooth, then try substituting sugar with cinnamon. Otherwise try using other natural sweeteners like stevia or agave, and you can save up to 24 calories per teaspoon.
8. NON ALCOHOLIC BEER
Switching from normal to non-alcoholic beer can save you up to 85 calories per beer!If you can’t bear to make the switch, then tell yourself you’ll only drink non-alcoholic beer half the time…
9. MAKE YOUR OWN ICE TEA
Instant ice-tea, or any instant product in general, can be packed with extra calories. So if you love ice tea, it’s best to make it at home from scratch. Instead of adding sugar, try adding ginger or lemon for extra flavor. This way you can save about 135 calories per half gallon of ice tea.
10. HOLD THE CONE
You can easily enjoy ice cream when you’re watching your weight-as long as you don’t eat the cone! Get your ice cream in a cup instead of a cone, and you can save up to 100 calories!
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11. USE YOGURT AS A TOPPING
Instead of covering your cake with icing, powdered sugar or whipped cream, use yogurt instead. This little trick can save you up to 80 calories per portion.
12. SORBET INSTEAD OF ICE CREAM
Fruit sorbet has up to 60 calories less than ice cream per scoop! It’s also a great way to eat delicious, seasonal fruit, so you can go crazy with sorbet, guilt-free.
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13. HAVE A LIGHT DESSERT
Replace your usual dessert with fresh fruit instead. Fruit skewers are a lot healthier (and lighter) than a slice of chocolate cake! This dessert hack can save you up to 145 calories per meal, so it’s time to brush up on your fruit salad recipes.
14. WHITE WINE SPRITZER INSTEAD OF CHAMPAGNE
Even though Champagne is significantly lighter than other forms of alcohol, a white wine spritzer is the way to go when you’re watching your weight. Mix half a glass of white wine with half a glass of club soda, add ice cubes and voila-you’ve saved yourself 86 calories!
15. OPT FOR ALMOND MILK
Instead of drinking regular, full fat or skim milk, opt for almond milk instead. It’s a delicious option to add to your morning cup of coffee, giving it a lightly nutty flavor. It will also save you about 80 calories per cup, compared to whole milk.