Another change I have made is that I have become much more conscientious about serving sizes. Yes, I admit it, I measure out how much cereal I put in my bowl before I eat it. It might seem a little silly, but serving sizes can be deceptive. As an example I am looking at the nutrition label of the Old Fashioned oatmeal I eat in the morning. I eat 3/4 cup oatmeal daily and this adds up to a total of 225 calories. However if I didn't measure it and made 1 cup of oatmeal instead, this would add up to a total of 300 calories for 1 bowl. This would mean an additional 525 calories in a week. It is easy to see how quickly all those additional calories could add up.
Here are some examples of a few simple healthy diet swaps that add up big.
- Try mixing in fresh fruit to greek or plain yogurt instead of buying pre-sweetened yogurt.
- Beware of juices with too much added sugar. Drink water or seltzer instead.
- Pack fresh fruit in your lunches for snacks instead of sugary and unhealthy junk foods.
- Watch the mayo and try using mustard on your sandwiches.
- Carefully check your cereal labels and steer clear of items containing too much added sugar.
- Try eating a healthier baked potato instead of french fries. You can add a variety of healthy toppings for a great treat.
- Be careful of the salad dressing you choose. For example 2 TBS. light blue cheese dressing saves a whopping 80 calories over 2 TBS. regular blue cheese.