Kathie Lee & Hoda: Watch Your Carbs
Nutrition expert Madelyn Fernstrom stopped by the show to reveal some secrets to dropping weight without sacrificing on taste. According to Madelyn, most people have problems with carbs and that’s where they need to focus on cutting calories. Here’s how you can drop 10 pounds by Memorial Day.
Today Show: 100 Calorie Light Bread Review
She said eating light bread, something that is 100 calories for 2 slices, is a good start. Fiber content is very important, and she suggested eating an English muffin or bagel to get the most bang for your caloric buck. What if you’re eating out, and can’t control what’s available as much as you could at home? Madelyn suggested replacing one of the slices of bread with a slice of lettuce for a low-calorie swap.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: High Fiber Pasta Substitutes
Pasta is another big carb offender. Swapping out your regular pasta for a whole grain option will help with keeping the fiber content high so you can feel more full after eating. Also measuring out your serving sizes is a good way to practice portion control. She was careful to remind viewers that the pasta doubles in size, so what may look meager can actually be a lot more. Another swap to make is to replace the noodles with zucchini or spaghetti squash.
Today Show: Brown Rice & Quinoa
Plumping up any pasta dish with vegetables is a good idea, since you get to eat more for less calories. Another smart swap to make is replacing white rice with brown rice, quinoa, or buckwheat, which are all high in fiber and protein and better for you that white rice.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Butter Substitutes & Low Sugar Cereal
As for another carb offender, potatoes, Madelyn suggested using better topping instead of the usual butter. Salsa, chives, and Greek yogurt are all tasty while still being good for you. Moving on to breakfast cereal, which usually has a lot of sugar, Madelyn told viewers to look for less sugar content, and also to use skim milk to save on calories. The single serving boxes are also helpful in deciding how much cereal is enough for you.