According to Zuckerbrot, a six-inch meatball marinara sub can contain upwards of 750 calories, 11 grams of saturated fat, and 50 mg of cholesterol. Meaning? You'll be left with fewer calories (and less room!) to splurge on other snacks.
Better: Mini Meatball Sliders
To mitigate the damage, make your own batch of meatballs with lean ground white turkey and tomato sauce. Swapping beef or pork meatballs for lean turkey can save you roughly 500 calories, 10 gram of saturated fat, and 20 grams of cholesterol per 10 meatballs, says Zuckerbrot, who recommends serving on a toothpick or mini hamburger buns for easy handling.
Bad: Classic 7-Layered Dip
A cup of typical 7-layered dip-a calorie bomb of sour cream, guacamole, salsa, ground beef, refried beans, shredded cheese, and olives-weighs in at about 700 calories and 80 grams of fat. Without the chips.
Better: Light 7-Layer Dip
Cut that almost in half by making yours with black beans; reduced-fat sour cream mixed with fat-free Greek yogurt; homemade guacamole; salsa; and chopped lettuce. Then garnish with low-fat shredded cheddar cheese. And skip the meat. You won't miss it.
Bad: Spicy Nacho Cheese Chips
Spicy Nacho Cheese Doritos have about 140 calories and 7 grams of fat per serving, which for the record, is just 12 chips.
Better: Spicy Edamame
Swap the chips for edamame and you don't have to stop at 12. While a filling 1/2 cup serving clocks in at about 200 calories, the soy protein is low in fat and high in vitamins, and way more filling than a handful of chips, says Zuckerbrot. Buy the beans frozen, and boil them in water for a few minutes. Then drain and toss in a skillet with a sprinkle of salt, chili powder, and red pepper flakes for a spicy kick.
Bad: French Fries
An order of French fries can contain nearly 600 calories, 25 grams of fat, and 5 grams of saturated fat, according to Zuckerbrot. The culprit: a deep fryer.
Better: Oven-Baked "Fries"
To get your fry-fix: Toss fry-shaped potato pieces with a drizzle of olive oil, plus salt and pepper to taste. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake until crisp in a 350 degrees F oven, shaking the pan to turn the fries every 10 minutes.
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