7. Upgrade your fried chicken
Fake-fry your chicken and nix the nutritionally questionable side dishes, suggests Alysa Bajenaru, a registered dietitian who blogs about food, family and fitness. “Instead of frying, coat your chicken in whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs and bake it,” she says. “Then serve with a side of sweet potato fries and fresh green beans, instead of mashed potatoes and canned green beans.” Delish!