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Hidden Calories: Dips and Sauces

One obstacle to maintaining a healthy weight is hidden calories. Hidden calories often come from unplanned snacks, large portion sizes, extra helpings, and soda. Another large source of hidden calories is dips and sauces.

Dips and sauces can be packed with hundreds of hidden calories. Unfortunately, their nutritional content is often overlooked because they are used to enhance a meal or snack – not be the meal or snack.

Here are some tips to help you cut down on hidden calories:

• For your crackers, try hummus instead of peanut butter and still get the protein.
• On a sandwich, spread creamy Dijon mustard instead of mayonnaise.
• Pour unsweetened applesauce on your pancake or waffle instead of syrup. If you must have syrup, opt for a low-sugar or sugar-free.
• For dipping pizza or breadsticks, use marinara instead of garlic butter sauce.
• In the morning, use low-sugar jam on your bagels or toast instead of cream cheese.
• Instead of caramel, dip your apples in low-fat yogurt for a sweet snack.
• Tortilla chips can be dipped in guacamole, sour cream, salsa, processed cheese and more. Dip your chip into salsa for the lowest calorie option.
• Choose ketchup or barbecue sauce for your chicken nuggets instead of ranch dressing.

The above information is based on the Dips and Sauces Poster by Learning ZoneXpress.

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