Today on Great Day Washington, I shared simple tips to cut calories and bump up your nutrition in the new year that actually taste great.
Potato chip swap
My first tip is to replace fried potato chips with BAKED chickpea puffs. HIPPEAS are organic, gluten free and come in white cheddar, BBQ and sriracha. One serving has 4 grams of protein,130 calories and you can find them at Giant, Wegmans and Whole Foods.
Next, replace traditional pasta with zoodles, which have 90% fewer calories and carbohydrates. I shared the Zucchini Truffle Mac and Spicy Peanut Sauté from the local Noodles & Company restaurant. They have a variety of worldly flavors and zoodles can be substituted for any dish on their menu.
Sugary breakfast cereal swap
Next – replace sugary breakfast cereal with fiber-rich muesli. The Bob’s Red Mill Muesli Cups are portable and perfectly portioned for you. Just add milk up to the line, let it sit for 10 minutes or overnight in the fridge and top with you favorite fresh fruit.
A low calorie soda swap
My homemade spritzer is a great low calorie soda swap. Start with sparkling water, add two True Lemon Lemonade or Limeade packets – these have 0 to 10 calories each and are made with citrus fruits, no artificial sweetener. Then add your fresh fruit, herbs and give that a stir.
An adult beverage swap
For our adult beverage swap, I brought the Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold, which is a USDA certified organic beer made with organic grains that’s lower in calories and carbohydrates than a glass of wine. One bottle has 85 calories, 2 1/2 grams of carbohydrates and is super light and refreshing.
Make healthy eating easy an convenient
My last tip to make healthy eating as easy and convenient as possible by using a grocery delivery service. With Shipt, you order your groceries through their mobile or desktop app and their shopper will shop for and deliver your order at a time of your choosing.