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But it's only a bite! 9 sneaky calorie diet busters

We all try to pay close attention to what we eat, but the little bites and nibbles we take through the day add up. Most of us don’t think those calories “count” because they’re not a meal or a snack.

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Yikes! Just licking the spoon after making brownies is 60 calories

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But one of the most common reasons weight-loss plans stall is because of these little "tastes." Take a look at our top little bites. If you only tasted one of these every day for a year, you’d gain a whopping six pounds!

1. A bite of pancakes with butter and syrup = 60 calories

While you’re at the diner eating your egg-white omelet, it’s hard to resist a big bite of your pal’s pancakes. Instead swap that little bite for one cup of cut up fruit, or a half a slice of cinnamon-raisin toast.

2. A few sips of a leftover fruit smoothie = 50 calories

While often nutrient rich, these calories add up quickly, especially if you didn’t make it yourself. Many have a lot of added sugars. Swap those few sips for a real fruit like a small apple, large peach or two plums.

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3. One slice of bacon = 45 calories

Cooking up a batch for sandwiches or a casserole, it’s easy to grab a slice just for fun. That slice is equivalent to seven almonds, two slices of white meat turkey or a small handful of shelled and salted edamame pods.

4. Crust from one half of a grilled cheese sandwich = 60 calories

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Are you a grilled cheese crust eater? One half of the crust is 60 calories!

Many kids avoid the crusts, but for some adults it’s the best part of the sandwich. The crust from just half a sandwich can be swapped for a reduced-fat mozzarella stick or a rice cake covered with a slice of reduced fat cheese.

5. Broken cookie from the cookie sheet = 45 calories

Every baker is familiar with this temptation, and it’s hard to resist. Try a half of a small banana with a drizzle of sugar-free chocolate syrup.

6. One teaspoon of chocolate hazelnut spread or peanut butter = 40 calories

A teaspoon doesn’t seem like much, but for high-fat spreads the calories add up fast. Try a half cup of plain, non-fat Greek yogurt mixed with a teaspoon of cocoa powder, or three thin slices of avocado for similar calories.

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7. One pizza crust = 50 calories

While skipping a whole slice is often a smart choice, it’s easy to grab an extra crust (or two). Equivalent calories are found in a thin slice of rye bread or two cups of air-popped popcorn.

8. A handful of French fries = 80 calories

Maybe the most tempting of all, it’s easy to grab a handful. You can eat a half of a medium baked potato for the same calories, along with a boost of fiber (skip the butter and sour cream and top with chopped chives).

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9. Licking the brownie batter spoon = 60 calories

It’s hard to resist scrapping the bowl and enjoying the last of the batter while the brownies are baking. Remember that batter expands in size while baking, and those licks add up quickly. Try ½ cup of low-fat chocolate milk, or a 6-ounce, low-fat, sugar-free hot chocolate for a similar taste and calories.

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