Healthy Swaps: Side Dishes
Side dishes are supposed to be an accompaniment, but many favorites can jam in more calories than you want for an entire meal. Lighten up your plate with these healthy (but still delicious) substitutions.
Choose: Rice Pilaf or 5-Ingredient Cheesy Rice (pictured)
The Payoff: A healthy trifecta: Less fat and cholesterol and fewer calories.
If it’s mac and cheese or bust, try our tips for lightening up your favorite recipe.
Choose: A baked sweet potato or sweet potato oven fries
The Payoff: Half the calories and piles of vitamin A
The Payoff: Big flavor for a fraction of the fat and calories
The Payoff: Healthier fats and 40 calories less per tablespoon
Craving creamed spinach or scalloped potatoes? Try our lightened-up versions.
Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana's full bio »