SMALL DIET CHANGES THAT REALLY ADD UP

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I just read a great article in AARP about ways to eat healthier without making drastic changes in your diet. Simply reducing your diet by 100 calories a day can have a big impact over time. Here are a few changes you may want to consider for yourself.

  • Use mustard instead of mayo. Mayo contains 100 calories per tablespoon while mustard only has 10 calories per tablespoon. That’s a huge difference. Mustard also contains nutrients like selenium, as well as the spice turmeric, which both have well established health benefits. So, next time you make that sandwich, choose mustard.
  • Choose popcorn over chips or pretzels. Air popped popcorn (not covered in butter or cheese) has about 120 calories per 4 cup serving. You can spice it up by spritzing it with olive oil and adding your favorite spice. If you don’t have an air popper you can also look for a low calorie brand of bagged popcorn.
  • This one is hard for me because I love sour cream, but a great alternative is Greek yogurt. The yogurt trade will yield at least 100 less calories than sour cream and it is a better source of calcium.

Knowledge is power especially when it comes to our food choices. Hoping this gives everyone a little “food for thought”!

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