Delicious sandwiches made with fresh bread, hearty soups, and crispy green salads are all great lunchtime fare. If you pay attention to what you're eating and how you're ordering your midday meal, you can save yourself some serious lunchtime calories - here are six small food swaps that will make a big difference.
- Condiment Swap: The easiest way to save calories when building a sandwich is to ditch the mayo. One tablespoon of mayonnaise contains 90 calories, and the same amount of mustard is only eight. Make sure not to order honey mustard, because the sweetness adds calories.
- Swap Out Cheese For Avocado: Cheese may be a go-to condiment, but two slices adds 200 calories to your wrap or sandwich. Go for thinly sliced avocado or make this avocado yogurt spread instead. Ounce for ounce, avocado contains less than half the calories found in cheddar cheese and offers fiber and healthy fats, too.
- Go Open-Face: Even if you're not into going low-carb, sometimes two pieces of bread seems like one piece too many. Create an open-face sandwich, and save about 100 calories.
- Soup Swap: Nothing beats a warm bowl of soup on a cold day, but cream-based soups contain 100 to 200 more calories per serving than clear broth soups. Instead of clam chowder and broccoli cheese, order bean and veggie soups or minestrone made with vegetable stock.
- Ditch Herb Croutons and Choose Herbs: If you like the taste of herb croutons, why not try some fresh herbs instead? A half cup of croutons adds up to almost 100 calories, and fresh herbs have none. Plus, fresh herbs like Italian parsley, mint, basil, and thyme are chock full of antioxidants.
- Find Low-Cal Alternatives: Chicken salad is full of protein, but the mayo adds tons of calories you can do without. Try this healthier version made with nonfat Greek yogurt instead - it's only 139 calories per serving.
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