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10 Substitutes that Will Cut the Calories

Low-fat Dairy
Forego milk with too much fat.
Forego milk with too much fat.
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Many calories in dairy products come from fat. By stepping down fat content in milk and cheese, you can save calories on a regular basis. Moving from whole milk to 2 percent milk cuts 25 calories from each 8-ounce (237-milliliter) serving. Reach for 1 percent and trim another 17 calories.

If you substitute evaporated milk or half-and-half for heavy cream in sauces or casseroles, you'll eliminate over 50 percent of the calories. Choose 1 percent milk-fat cottage cheese over ricotta and dump 135 calories from each 1/2 cup (50-gram) serving.

Cut calories from bread and pasta next.