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Experts say more than one-third of adults in the U.S. are now obese, and a big part of the problem is eating high-calorie foods.

Nutrition advisor Lere Robinson showed us some low-cal alternatives that will still fill you up.

A common breakfast might include fried eggs, bacon, grits and a bagel.

It's a plate full of food that appeals to the taste buds, but Robinson says it's not all good for your body.

"All of the foods on this plate are processed foods," she explained.

And it all adds up - take a look at the numbers. In that one meal, there are more than 800 calories, 30 fat grams and 2030 milligrams of sodium.

Robinson offers a breakfast alternative she says can be just as filling - a protein shake consisting of fresh fruit and almond milk.

"I love this and it takes literally two or three minutes to make. Pour it in a cup and off you go," she said.

And it's a fraction of the calories and fat found in the big meal. The shake contains just 205 calories, only nine grams of fat and 420 milligrams of sodium.

Now, let's look at a common lunch. People often find a fast meal of a burger and fries at the drive-through.

Let's look at what you're taking in: A double cheeseburger from a popular chain and a small order of fries has 610 calories combined, 28 fat grams and a whopping 1,050 milligrams of sodium.

Robinson said, "I would definitely not recommend a meal like this on the go, at all - not even on the worst day."

Robinson said a healthier lunch just takes some planning. She recommends making a salad the night before with veggies, hummus and some chicken breast.

"When it's winter, we always tend to want the comfort food and the sweety, treaty stuff, but I would urge people to try and include a fresh salad everyday," she added.

The salad has much better looking numbers: Only 235 calories, less than five fat grams and 140 milligrams of sodium. And it only took a few minutes to put together.

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