'Tis the season for indulgence. The caloric load of champagne toasts and chocolate truffles add up, so it pays to cut calories where you can. An article in Shape reminded me of many simple ways to cut about 100 calories. The simplest one is to steam veggies and not sauté them. Produce like greens, eggplant, and mushrooms soak up the oil they are cooked in, which translates to added calories. To save about 100 calories, toss your veggies in a teaspoon or two of olive oil before serving. Skip the oil altogether and toss your veggies with lemon juice to shave even more calories off your meal.
I learned a new tip, too. Adding 1.5 cups chopped mushrooms to a pound of lean ground beef can lighten a burger by 100 calories. If you are interested in more easy ways to save calories, Shape has many more useful suggestions for shaving off 100, 200, and even 500 calories from dishes and meals.