Struggling with how to cut calories without cutting all the flavor right out of your meals too?
Most of us are paying attention to our calorie intake — after all, the king of equations when it comes to losing or maintaining a healthy weight is calories in vs. calories out.
But while we all want to monitor our calories, no one wants to feel deprived. The good news? There are plenty of painless hacks for creating lower calories meals!
Because life is just too short to miss out on the flavors we love.
Here’s How to Cut Calories Without Cutting Flavor
#1 Swap Sugar for Stevia
We all need something sweet now and again! Stevia is a totally natural, zero-calorie sweetener that makes a great addition to your coffee, tea, or used in baked goods.
#2 Practice Portion Control
A big part of how to cut calories successfully comes down to making sure you’re not overdoing it on portions! Example? Scan labels to make sure you’re not eating double or triple the amount of pasta that you should be.
When dining out, go ahead and put half the portion in a to-go box. Portion out things like nuts, crackers, and chips before digging into the whole bag.
#3 Air Fried French Fries
A genius hack you need to know? Swap out traditionally high-calorie french fries with DIY air fryer ones! All of the flavor, none of the added fat and excess calories (you’re welcome!)
#4 Saute in Broth, Not Oil
A splash of veggie broth works just as well for sauteing onions and garlic or any veggies you’d usually saute in oil, and for a fraction of the calories and fat!
#5 Nice Cream Vs. Ice Cream
We all scream for ice cream, but next time you’re craving a scoop, try blending up your own “nice cream,” by literally just blending a couple of frozen bananas in a blender. They turn to a soft-serve texture like magic!
Want to get fancy? Try adding some of our fav topping picks:
- Shredded coconut
- Raw cacao nibs
#6 Swap Mayo for Mustard
Mustard is the perfect condiment to add some zing to a sandwich or burger, and it’s practically zero calories, so load up!
#7 Greek Yogurt in the place of Sour Cream
A dollop of unsweetened Greek yogurt is such a dead ringer for sour cream (we’ll bet you can’t even tell the difference.) Enjoy it on tacos or wherever you’d reach for sour cream!
#8 Sip Seltzer, Not Soda
A basic tip for how to cut calories? Pay attention to the calories you’re drinking. Choose a zero-calorie stevia-sweetened soda (usually in the soda aisle or near the artisanal waters), or try a seltzer water, or even a kombucha — all are far lower in calories.
#9 Dress Your Salads with Vinegar-Based Dressings
When it comes to how to cut calories, it’s all in the details — like the salad dressing you’re drowning that otherwise healthy salad with. Instead of a calorie-bomb store-bought dressing, make a simple vinegar-based one, which will be way lower calorie.
Here’s a simple and yummy recipe to get you started.
Apple Cider Mustard Vinaigrette
- ¼ cup raw apple cider vinegar
- 3 tbsp avocado oil
- 2 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 tsp sea salt
Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk well.
Drizzle over your favorite salad and store leftovers in the fridge!
#10 Try Plant-Based Proteins
The next time you’d normally have meat, try a plant-based alternative like beans, lentils, or tofu. Just steer clear of highly processed mock meats that can be just as calorically dense as the meat option. You might discover a new favorite option for Meatless Mondays!
Enjoy These Calorie-Reducing Hacks That Won’t Make You Feel Like You’re Missing Out!
There you have it — 10 totally painless and actually downright delicious ways to slash a lot of calories out of your diet without even noticing it.
Cheers to your suddenly lower-calorie way of eating with all the same flavor and taste you’ve always enjoyed!