Avoid These Fattening Food Pairings at All Costs

This duo is a processed food nightmare, full of unhealthy fats and sodium.

1. Hot Dogs and Potato Chips

Opt for a grilled chicken or veggie dog with a side of air-popped popcorn.

Spaghetti with meatballs can be a calorie bomb if portion control isn't in check.

2. Spaghetti and Meatballs

Choose whole-grain pasta with lean turkey meatballs and a side salad for a lighter Italian-inspired meal.

Creamy mac and cheese may be delicious, but it's a calorie bomb waiting to explode.

3. Macaroni and Cheese

Make a homemade version using whole wheat pasta, low-fat cheese, and plenty of steamed broccoli.

Starting your day with sausage and hash browns means starting your day with a calorie surplus.

4. Sausage and Hash Browns

Enjoy a veggie sausage patty with sweet potato hash for a lower-calorie breakfast.

Movie night popcorn with extra butter is a movie for your taste buds, but not for your waistline.

5. Popcorn with Extra Butter

Season your popcorn with herbs and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast for a flavorful, low-calorie alternative.