Surprising Ways to Slim Down Comfort Food Favorites
Because no woman should live without pizza, cookies, mac and cheese—or being able to fit into her sexy LBD
You know better than to attempt to live without sweets, cheese, or brunch hash browns—it’s just not going to happen, and if you decide to take a shot, it’ll likely backfire in a binge. While these meals and snacks are all decidedly un-diet, there’s no reason to associate them with a wider butt. A few smart recipe tweaks will not only slash calories, they also inject valuable nutrients. Sure, you’ll notice a difference—when you look in the mirror.
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1. Trade your empty-carb heavy bun for a light whole-wheat English muffin. They’re slightly less dense than regular English muffins, but not so much that you’ll notice a difference, and you'll save as many as 50 calories and add filling fiber.
2. Most patties are way bigger than they need to be. Use the thickness and width of your palm as a rough guide, or measure about three ounces of ground beef on a food scale. Although the meat will cook down a little, by using the muffin, you’ll still get the same satisfying texture and flavor you crave in each bite.
3. Swap some of the ground beef out for blueberries. Use about a third of a cup of blueberries, pulsed in the food processor, for every pound of chopped lean beef. It not only cuts saturated fat and calories, it also adds moisture and antioxidants.
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