9 Super Easy (and Delicious) Food Swaps to Help You Cut Calories and Lose Weight

Keeping taste buds happy is vital to weight-loss success. Instead of restricting certain foods, use these delicious substitutes that taste just as good but have fewer calories (10 Photos)

Amy Hendel on Feb 5, 2013 at 3:55PM

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9 Super Easy (and Delicious) Food Swaps to Help You Cut Calories and Lose Weight

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Swap Out #1: Salad Dressing for Marinated Peppers

If you’re on a diet, then you're probably counting calories, fat and carbohydrates. But if you're sacrificing taste, you’re also setting yourself up for a binge. Enjoy your food with tasty replacements that have less calories, fat, sodium and sugar. Start with a fresh take on salads: Use marinated peppers for extra flavor without as many calories as regular salad dressing. Look for brands low in sugar and sodium.

Calorie Savings: On average, full-fat salad dressings can range from100 cal/serving for just two tablespoons. A large pepper piece (about 1/8 of a pepper) has about 30 calories and is rich in vitamin C. Since most of the calories come from the oil the peppers are packed in, blot them before using. Chop up two or three pieces and add to your salad.

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