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Side dishes are supposed to be an accompaniment, but many favorites can jam in more calories than you want for an entire meal. Lighten up your plate with these healthy (but still delicious) substitutions.
Instead of: French fries
Choose: Oven-baked fries
The Payoff: At least 30 percent less fat
Instead of: Mac and Cheese
Choose: Rice Pilaf or 5-Ingredient Cheesy Rice (pictured)
The Payoff: A healthy trifecta: Less fat and cholesterol and fewer calories.
If it’s mac and cheese or bust, try our tips for lightening up your favorite recipe.
Instead of: Butter-drenched vegetables
Choose: Roasted seasonal veggies
The Payoff: Big flavor for a fraction of the fat and calories
Instead of: Creamy salad dressing
The Payoff: Healthier fats and 40 calories less per tablespoon
Craving creamed spinach or scalloped potatoes? Try our lightened-up versions.
Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »
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Order this classic dish at a restaurant and you’re in for a 900-calorie meal (that’s without appetizers or dessert!). Opt for frozen and you won’t do much better at around 700 calories a pop. For both options, fat ranges from 40 to 60 grams and sodium can double the recommended daily amount. Instead, cozy up to a homemade version Healthy Eats style.