Kathie Lee & Hoda: How To Lose 10 Pounds By Memorial Day
Diet and Nutrition editor Madelyn Fernstrom demonstrated how you can lose ten pounds by Memorial Day, by “Skinny Dipping,” skipping the dips, sauces, dressings and condiments or opting for healthier options. You can save 500 calories a day by skipping these dips and sauces that are loaded with hidden calories, salt and sugar. “Small changes make a big difference,” Madelyn said.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Mayonnaise Vs Mustard
When using a sauce, dip, condiment or dressing, people are looking for flavor. Madelyn suggests healthier alternatives to get that flavor while saving calories and losing weight.
Ketchup is loaded with salt and sugar, so Madelyn suggests a reduced sugar ketchup with a more tomato-based taste. When it comes to mayo, Madelyn said that most people just use it to moisten bread and not really for the taste. So go for a reduced-fat or non-fat mayo because one tablespoon of normal mayo is more than 100 calories.
She also suggests using a mustard instead of mayo because it has more flavor and there are almost no calories in mustards. She also suggests spicing things up with a hot sauce or the very popular Sriracha for a bold taste while saving calories. Madilyn said that A1 steak sauce is fine to use with steak, but be careful around barbecue sauces because of the sugar and sometimes maple syrup.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Healthier Alternatives for Salad Dressings
Marilyn reminded the audience of the rule about not pouring dressing onto the salad—either have it on the side for dipping or use a spray bottle or dressing mister for a lighter amount of dressing. She suggests dressing your salad with balsamic vinegar, olive oil used sparingly, or lemon juice.
She also mentioned that there are packaged seasonings that you can mix with the vinegar or olive oil to give your salad a bolder taste. If you still want to use your usual dressings, opt for a fat-free version and watch how much you’re using.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Greek Yogurt Vs Sour Cream
Summer parties means dips and chips everywhere you look. So if you’re looking to lose weight, salsa is the best dip option. You can even mix the higher calorie dips, like guacamole and hummus, with salsa to dilute the calories.
If you want to make guacamole this summer, stick to just the basics—avocados, lemon juice, salt and pepper, lime juice—and skip the fatty sour cream and extra mixings. Another way to save sour cream calories is to make dips with Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Madelyn suggests using veggies to dip instead of chips or crackers and always read labels on pre-made dips, even if they look like they’re low in calories, they might not be, so always check the label.