It's hard to know what's good and what's better these days, especially when it comes to diet food. Here's a few things you probably didn't know about your calorie intake:
Wake Up: Swap a bagel (around 400 calories) for a whole-grain English muffin (about 120 calories).
Morning: Change ½ cup granola (typically 260 calories) to ¾ cup of a whole-grain cereal such as Puffins (more like 110 calories).
Flavor: Instead of broccoli + olive oil (approximately 110 calories per tablespoon), top them off with parmezan cheese (approximately 25 calories/tablespoon).
Looking to add extra flavor to veggies or a salad? Use two tablespoons of hummus (about 70 calories) with lemon and spices instead of the go-to two tablespoons of olive oil (about 240 calories).
Brewing: Instead of two regular beers (approximately 300 calories total), kick back with two light brews (about 200 calories total).
Sushi-Me: Aim for six pieces of sashimi (around 200 calories), not six pieces of sushi with rice (with add-ins. that's approximately 300 calories).
Fruity Fresh Add On: Nix candy-like Craisins (1/3 cup is about 130 calories) for naturally sweet blueberries (1/2 cup equals around 40 calories).
Never Eat Pie Alone: Share your slice of pie or piece of cake with two friends, and you'll save about 300 calories.
Wrap Up: Ditch the multi-grain wrap (210 calories) for a "naked" sandwich—over, say, a bed of greens (about 40 calories).
Clammy: Swap one cup of New England Clam Chowder (about 200 calories) with one cup of Manhattan Clam Chowder (around 100 calories).
Wake Up Call: Sprinkle some cinnamon or nutmeg to sweeten coffee. Sugary syrups can add up to 100 calories per drink.
Speading Out: Spreading one tablespoon of mayonnaise on your turkey sandwich adds around 100 calories. Reach for a still-tasty tablespoon of mustard, and you're looking at 15 calories.
Morning Glory: Make an omelet with one egg and two whites (about 104 calories). That's better than using three whole eggs=210 calories.
The Navajo Knew Best: Buffalo averages about 145 calories less per serving than ground beef.
Top your burger with grilled onions or mushrooms (around 20 calories each) instead of cheddar cheese (typically around 120 calories for one piece).
Two pieces of classic American cheese adds around 200 calories to your sandwiches. Instead, add 1/4 of an avocado (approximately 45 calories), one Laughing Cow light cheese wedge (about 35 calories), or one tablespoon of low-fat mayo (about 25 calories).