One Easy Fix: Lay Off The Sauce
Do you think you are choosing the right types of food for your diet? You may be but make sure you keep track of all the fluids you are consuming. There are all kinds of sneaky calories lurking in sauces, drinks, marinades and dressings.
Summer is a saucy season filled with barbecues, picnics and fairs so we’ve developed some tips to help you make healthier choices:
- Barbecue Sauce - You may be opting for chicken which is a great lower calorie protein but not if it’s smothered in barbecue sauce. Though barbecue sauce is low in fat and cholesterol it is high in sodium and sugar. When shopping for barbecue sauce, look for sauces that are in the 45 calorie range per serving (some sauces are as high as 70 calories). Another option is to make your own barbecue sauce which will allow you to control the sugar and sodium.
- Marinades and Dressings - Remember two tablespoons equals one serving. Opt for dressing on the side. Your salads and vegetables should not be swimming in dressing.
- The Macchiato - Coffee has been looking a lot like dessert. Your best bet is to stick with regular coffee and skip extra flavorings or cream. If you like your coffee light, use skim milk.
- Sugary Drinks - According to the New York City Health Department drinking one soda a day equals 50 pounds of sugar a year which can lead to significant health problems such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Your best bet is water but if you crave bubbles seltzer with a dash of lemon or lime is a great no calorie option.
- Alcohol - You don’t have to lay off the sauce but drink in moderation. When out for the night, remember an 8 ounce glass of wine has about 170 calories and a 12 ounce beer will set you back about 150 calories.
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