1. The Fatty Food: Movie Theater Popcorn With Butter
You probably know that those pumps of liquid butter at the theater concession stand are a fat trap. But even microwave popcorn with “movie theater butter” or “Blast O Butter” is shockingly high in fat. Some varieties have 12 grams (including 3 grams of saturated fat and 4 grams of trans fat).
Lighten It Up: Try “made with real butter” microwave popcorn options with 5 grams of fat or less per serving. Or, make popcorn in an air popper and drizzle it with one tablespoon of melted whipped butter per serving. This adds only 7 grams of fat (5 grams of saturated fat).
Another option: Try 100-calorie packs of kettle corn for a touch of sweetness.
2. The Fatty Food: Potato Chips
The beloved combination of fried potatoes and salt comes at a nutritional cost of 10 grams of fat per ounce.
Lighten It Up: Nowadays almost every brand of potato chips has a baked option, which usually clocks in with 3 grams of fat per ounce. If that doesn’t satisfy your chip craving, sample some of the light chip options, with 4 grams of fat or less per ounce.
3. The Fatty Food: Pork Sausage Links
Before you serve up some pigs in a blanket, you should know that three links of regular pork sausage have about 24 grams of fat (8 grams of saturated fat).
Lighten It Up: Choose turkey sausage for a savory alternative. It typically has the same herbs and spices as pork sausage, and three links have only about 7 grams of fat (2 grams of saturated fat).
4. The Fatty Food: Cheese and Crackers
This seems like an easy on-the-go snack, but it comes with a high nutritional price. Sharp cheddar cheese has 10 grams of fat (6 grams of saturated fat) and 120 calories per ounce, while a serving of wheat crackers has 7 grams of fat and 160 calories.
Lighten It Up: Buy a reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese that has only about 6 grams of fat (3.5 grams of saturated fat) and 90 calories per ounce. Pair it with low-fat crackers that have whole wheat as the first ingredient -- these typically have 3 grams or less of fat per ounce.