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Easy Ways to Save Calories

'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.


codewhiz codewhiz 8 years
Oops, just saw my typo, I didn't put the i between the h and l in Philippines. :P
codewhiz codewhiz 8 years
Mushroom burgers, I'd like that. I had the privilege of eating at this place Mushroom Burgers in Tagaytay, Phlippines near the Taal volcano. They also sold kits to grow your own mushrooms. If only there were a Mushroom Burgers in America!
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
Spectra knows what's up! salsa and yogurt mixed together is divine! Now that I am home for winter break I can get my mind back on health and not on finals anymore. Cravings act up big time this season, can't wait to try these tips and eat some yummy veggies!
witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
I once saw in a magazine mixing some baby peas in guacamole for the extra vitamins and minerals. I've yet to try it but it sounds yummy.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i really to think that we forget that sometimes cooking things more easily reduces cals - and the steaming thing - that's really really smart! as for burgers - what i like about adding mushrooms, (i dont eat meat, but my man does) is that you don't outright realize that there's something else in there - so if you're trying to cook for kids and they aren't fans of mushrooms - you can sneak them in there.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 8 years
Spectra, genius idea about mixing the salsa and yoghurt to make a healthy dip, thank you!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Another way to save calories: Instead of using sour cream to make dips, use fat free yogurt. No one can tell the difference, I swear. If you want to cut the calories even more, mix salsa and yogurt dip together to dip your crudites's really yummy and very guilt-free.
JuneC JuneC 8 years
yum, veggies!
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