Lower your fat and sodium intake by avoiding soft cheeses. Try 1% cottage cheese for salads and cooking or string cheese for a low-fat, high-calcium snack. Use skim ricotta instead of cream cheese on a bagel. Replace cheddar cheese with part-skim mozzarella in recipes.

And here's what The Minnesota Beef Council recommends to cut back on beef fat: Cook ground beef over medium heat, and let it sit for a minute or two. Then, blot with paper towels. Put the beef into a strainer, and run hot water over the meat. A 3-ounce cooked portion of 70% lean ground beef has 18 grams of fat when fried as a hamburger. BUT... the same amount of cooked meat blotted and rinsed has only 6.1 grams of fat!