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10 Smart Swaps to Save Calories Eating Out

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Updated February 15, 2014

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When you learn to save calories with food swaps, you can enjoy all your favorites (even ice cream!) while losing weight.

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Think cutting calories means saying good-bye to your favorite restaurants? Think again! Save calories eating out by making these smart swaps:

  1. At Applebee's swap a Grilled Steak Caesar Salad with Toast for a Blackened Chicken Salad to save 765 calories.
  2. At Ben and Jerry's, swap a half cup of Peanut Butter Cup ice cream for a half cup of Chocolate Fudge Brownie frozen yogurt and you'll enjoy 170 fewer sweet, creamy calories.
  3. At Burger King, swap a Tendercrisp Chicken Sandwich with mayo for a 5-piece chicken tenders to save 580 calories.
  4. At Dairy Queen, swap a medium chocolate malt for a half cup of chocolate soft serve to save 720 calories.
  5. At Denny's, swap the Fabulous French Toast Platter for buttermilk pancakes to save 850 calories.
  6. At Olive Garden, swap spaghetti and meatballs for linguine al marinara to save 710 calories.
  7. At Pizza Hut, swap one slice of Stuffed Crust Meat Lover's pizza for a slice of Fit n Delicious pizza with ham, red onion and mushroom to save 360 calories.
  8. At Starbucks Coffee, swap a Grande Mocha Frappuccino with whipped cream for a Grande Caffe Mocha (no whipped cream) to save 250 calories.
  9. At Subway Sandwiches, swap a 6-inch tuna sub for a 6-inch Veggie Delite to save 300 calories.
  10. At Taco Bell, swap a Grilled Stuft Chicken Burrito for a Fresco Style Ranchero Chicken Soft Taco to save 470 calories.

Find caloric content of all your favorite foods -- and find your own smart swaps -- when you check out About.com's Calorie Count. You'll find listings for all the restaurants mentioned here, and many more!

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