Smart swaps cut calories
LET’S be honest, very few of us have any interest in calorie counting, yet being aware of the number in particular foods is actually important given we tend to burn fewer calories each day thanks to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles.
It may also come as a surprise to hear that there are a number of simple supermarket swaps many of us could make that would help us to significantly cut our calorie intake while still eating similar types of food.
Here are just some of the smart swaps that will slash hundreds of calories from your regular diet.
The larger the bread slices, the greater the amount of both carbs and calories and since many of the typical bread slices we find at supermarkets barely fit into the toaster it is a sign that our bread is too big.
When you take a closer look at some large bread slices sold in supermarkets, a single slice can contain as many as 120 calories compared to just 90 calories in a smaller traditional slice of bread.
Crackers for wafer thins
There are many varieties of crackers and while some plain crackers are low in calories, some flavoured biscuits and rice crackers contain more carbohydrates than two slices of bread, or as much fat as potato chips. Much better options are the thin wafers that contain half as many calories as crackers and no fat. Susie Burrell is a nutritionist. Follow her on Twitter: @SusieBDiet
HOW THE COOKIE CRUMBLES: A piece of shortbread can contain double the calories and fat than that of a plain sweet biscuit.