Smart swaps cut calo­ries

Western Times - - LIFE HEALTHY LIVING - SUSIE BUR­RELL Susie Bur­rell is a nu­tri­tion­ist. Fol­low her on Twit­ter: @SusieBDiet

LET’S be hon­est, very few of us have any in­ter­est in calo­rie count­ing, yet be­ing aware of the num­ber in par­tic­u­lar foods is 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 there are a num­ber of sim­ple su­per­mar­ket swaps that would help us to cut our calo­rie in­take while still eat­ing sim­i­lar types of food.

Here are some of the smart swaps that will slash hun­dreds of calo­ries from your reg­u­lar diet.

Ex­tra large slices of bread for tra­di­tional slices

The larger the bread slices, the greater the amount of carbs and calo­ries.

When you take a closer look at some of the 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 dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of crack­ers and while some of the plain crack­ers are low in calo­ries, some of the flavoured bis­cuits and rice crack­ers in multi-packs can 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 and car­bo­hy­drates as some crack­ers and no fat.

Reg­u­lar sausages for ex­tra lean

The av­er­age reg­u­lar snag comes in be­tween 140–170 calo­ries in a sin­gle sausage com­pared to less than 100 calo­ries for an ex­tra-lean snag.

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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