Smart swaps cut calo­ries

Balonne Beacon - - LIFE - SUSIE BUR­RELL

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.

Bread slices

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

PHOTO: ISTOCK

HOW THE COOKIE CRUM­BLES: A piece of short­bread can con­tain dou­ble the calo­ries and fat than that of a plain sweet bis­cuit.

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