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How to Save Calories Without Sacrificing Taste

Today, we’re talking about making modifications to recipes you know and love that can save you calories.

How to Lower Calories in Your Favorite Dishes

Something important to keep in mind is you will have to make adjustments your favorite recipes, but you don't have to sacrifice taste.


If you're going to a party and chips and dip is your favorite go-to, try bringing a raw vegetable tray with hummus as your dip. By doing this you can also increase the protein and nutrition quality.

Main Course

If lasagna is your family favorite, try substituting whole wheat noodles and low fat turkey into the recipe. You'll increase the fiber, as well as reduce the fat by switching from beef to turkey.


If ice cream is your favorite, and you normally would get a cherry chocolate malt, try doing fresh berries paired with dark chocolate chips! You'll drastically cut the calories, but you'll get an antioxidant boost from the fruit.

For more ways to eat healthy and lower calories, please learn more about our CHI Health Nutrition Services.

Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT, CDE, IFNCP™
Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT, CDE, IFNCP™

Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT, CDE is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist and Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner. She is the diabetes education program coordinator at CHI Health and sees patients at the Millard Clinic. She works with patients to identify root causes to health conditions and make changes to improve overall health. Ellen’s passion is to help others develop lifestyle habits that allow them to feel their best.

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