7 Simple Ways to Save 100 Calories

Simple solutions for cutting calories.

These seven simple swaps help you to easily save 100 calories in places you won't miss them. You can still indulge in the foods you really want and not eat too much by the day's end. Do one each day for a week and you'll have saved 700 extra calories over the course of the week to "spend" (think: about two glasses of wine and a generous slice of pie) at your next dinner party. Do a couple each day and you'll have even more wiggle room for treats.


Healthier 100-Calorie Snacks

No-sweat Calorie Saver #1: Order your coffee with nonfat milk

Order your coffee with nonfat milk instead of cream and sugar. For a 12-ounce size, this will free up about 100 calories. If you need a little sweetness (and are OK with consuming artificial sweeteners), you can add a little Splenda.


Healthier 100-Calorie Snacks

No-sweat Calorie Saver #2: Have an English muffin instead of a bagel.

You'll save 100 calories if that bagel was 4 inches in diameter—and even more if it was a bigger one from the bakery. Spread it with some peanut butter: its protein, fiber and heart-healthy fats will give this breakfast some staying power.

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No-sweat Calorie Saver #3: Ditch the chips, have popcorn

Some snack chips aren't so bad for your health but you do have to account for their calories. A 1.5-oz. bag of SunChips, for example, has 210 calories. If you have 3 cups of air-popped popcorn (a whole grain!), you'll cut the calorie count in half (about 90 calories).

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Healthier 100-Calorie Snacks

No-sweat Calorie Saver #4: Lose the top piece of bread on your sandwich

An open-face sandwich is often just as satisfying as one with double the bread. Isn't the filling the best part anyway?

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Healthier 100-Calorie Snacks

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No-sweat Calorie Saver #5: Swap that heaping tablespoon of mayo for some mustard

Mayo delivers 90 calories in just 1 tablespoon and you're probably using even more. Mustard adds a spicy bite to your sandwich at only about 10 calories per tablespoon.


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No-sweat Calorie Saver #6: Eat snap peas instead of a banana

Eat snap peas instead of a banana with your sandwich for lunch. Yes, bananas are healthy (they're a great source of potassium and vitamin C)—but you can shave 100 calories from your day, painlessly, if you enjoy 1/2 cup of snap peas alongside your sandwich in place of that big banana.

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No-sweat Calorie Saver #7: Halve the amount of rice you have with your stir-fry.

A cup of rice (200 calories) is technically two servings of grains. That's fine: even if you're eating only 1,200 calories—the lowest calorie level that's considered healthy—you still need six servings of grains a day. But if you're trying to bank calories, limit your grain servings to one at dinner and save those calories to spend later.