10 tips to cut 100 calories (or more!)

by | Jan 11, 2017 | Nutritional Counseling, Weight Loss Programs, Women's Health & Wellness

mustard humus sandwich

Tip # 1 – Change out the condiments!

Rather than using mayonnaise, use mustard or hummus for your sandwiches (save 100- 200 calories).

salsa saving calories

Tip # 2 – Drop the guac

Swap out the ½ cup of guacamole for an equal amount of salsa and save 150 calories!

vegetable hummus dip

Tip # 3 – Lay off the chips & dips

Dip vegetables into hummus rather than ranch or other creamy dressings.

pecans instead of croutons on salad

Tip # 4 – Keep the bread off the salads.

Sprinkle lightly toasted pecans rather than oil-soaked croutons on your salads.

When eating at a restaurant

Tip # 5 – When eating out:

1) Ask for dressing on the side – you’ll use about 4-6 tablespoons less that what restaurants use to toss their salads; & 2) Go for the grill – restaurants meals typically contain up to 2 ounces of added oil (500 calories!) by adding oil to sauces or the cooking process. Choose grilled or poached fish rather than fried and go for steamed veggies rather than creamed veggies.

Sautéed vegetables

Tip # 6 – Cooking at home:

1) Saute vegetables and fish in ¼ cup of broth rather than 1 tablespoon of butter; & 2) Replace heavy cream with same amount of skim milk mixed with 2 tablespoons of flour – cutting out another 150 calories!

Small portion sizes

Tip # 7 – Switch Your Dishes – use smaller plates.

The larger the serving dish the more likely we will fill it and consume what is on it.  According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, using a 9-inch appetizer plate versus a standard 11-inch dish can save up to 300 cal/day

Glass of water

Tip # 8 – Stop with the sugary soft drinks!

Many hidden calories are consumed in sodas and fruit juices.  Ditch the coca-cola or sweetened iced tea for an 8 ounce glass of water infused with lemon or cucumber – cut out 200 – 300 calories!

Turn off the TV and eat with the family

Tip # 9 – Turn off the Tube

Don’t eat in front of the TV. Let’s try to be more mindful and enjoying our meals rather than fixating on the tube and eating mindlessly.  Researchers from Georgia State University found that people took in up to 130 calories more if they ate in front of the TV rather than eating at table without remote.

Tip # 10 – Buy a Veggie Swirler

I just got one and love it! Put spaghetti squash or zucchini in the twirler and voila!  Instant pasta with 200-300 less calories!

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Remember, small changes done daily over time will lead to huge steps – in weight loss as well as many other areas of our lives!


Dr Diana Hoppe OBGYN in encinitas, CA. signature- hormones, menopause, weight loss, pap smear, total women's health care