Your average hamburger bun can really up the impact of a burger. Many come packed with 236 “empty” calories in a normal, white-bread bun. You can save even more calories by swapping in whole-wheat English muffins for your standard hamburger bun. This simple switch will save you 121 calories—and net you an extra 2 grams of fiber to boot! If you’re in a restaurant or are a guest at someone’s house, try scooping out the inside of the bun. By doing so, you can reduce your calorie intake by 25%—a savings of about 59 calories!

Get Handy

To keep portions in check, make your burger patties no bigger than the palm of your hand. If you love cheeseburgers, make them a bit smaller then load up on veggies.

Add Avocado

You won’t slash any calories with this trick, but you’ll get your fill of heart-healthy, monounsaturated fats–and you may be less likely to go back for seconds. To amp up the flavor, I love topping a burger made with lean ground beef with creamy slices of avocado. You can also make a super-quick guacamole topping, she adds, by mashing avocado in a bowl with a spoonful of fresh salsa.

Hold The Mayo, Pass The Mustard

Nix the high-calorie mayonnaise, and opt for whole-grain or hot and sweet mustard instead. Smokey sweet grilled onions also add tons of flavor without calories.

Want Fries With That?

Eat your burger over a bed of salad instead of on a bun, and enjoy a (small) starchy side, guilt-free.

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