Low-Calorie Swaps for Common Trigger Foods: Chips, Pizza, Pasta & Fries

Apr 12 2019
Trigger foods. You start with a reasonable portion, and before you know it, you're in a full-on feeding frenzy. Outsmart those cravings with better-for-you fixes! Here are sixteen smart swaps for savory trigger foods.

Potato Chips, Pretzels & Other Salty Snacks

Who among us hasn't started out innocently munching from a multi-serving snack bag only to find the bag EMPTY in no time? If "a few chips" generally leads to "ALL THE CHIPS," try these healthy & satisfying recipes…


A single cup of pasta is never enough! That’s why we love veggie-based noodles… You get so much more bang for your calorie buck. These recipes are so low in calories, you can go back for seconds.


Who can stop at one slice? The starchy carbs in the crust make pizza a major trigger food for so many. Supersize your satisfaction with these creative carb-slashed recipes…

French Fries

Ahhh, fries. Love those crispy spuds? Once again, we turn to our vegetable friends! These recipes for baked fries are a fry lover’s BFF…

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Let's celebrate National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day (today, April 12th) with this classic Grilled Cheese Dunkin' Duo. The sandwich is literally MADE to be dipped into tomato soup!

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