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Calories in Bruschetta

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Nina K. is a Los Angeles-based journalist who has been published by USAToday.com, Fitday.com, Healthy Living Magazine, Organic Authority and numerous other print and web publications. She has a philosophy degree from the University of Colorado and a journalism certificate from UCLA.
Calories in Bruschetta
Tomato bruschetta topped with a smidgen of black olives and fresh herbs. Photo Credit VankaD/iStock/Getty Images

Made with tangy tomatoes and fresh basil, bruschetta topping is loaded with flavor but very short on calories. Trouble can start, however, if you prepare the bruschetta's toast base with too much butter or oil. If you're trying to cut back on calories, use just a light brushing of olive oil on your bread before toasting and don't add any fatty toppings such as mozzarella cheese.

Calorie Information

A basic bruschetta recipe from "Fine Cooking" contains 15 calories per tablespoon of tomato mixture. A 1/2-inch slice of long Italian bread -- just over 3 inches at its widest point -- contains about 27 calories, while a 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil contains about 10 calories. Using these guidelines, one piece of bruschetta contains about 52 calories per piece. Be aware, though, that calorie count will vary based on recipe or the establishment serving the bruschetta.

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