@andee - Yes - a filling bowl of clam chowder can have a lot of calories and be hard on the waist line!
I have made some changes to my original recipe for chowder so it is a little bit more figure friendly.
One of the first things I did was cut out the bacon bits I used to put in my chowder. You can also cut out some calories by not using as much cream.
When you do this, you will probably need to add some cornstarch because you will have a thinner chowder. That is when adding a clam base along with the clam juice can help as well.
As far as cutting out some carbohydrates, you can eliminate some of the potatoes and add more vegetables like onions and celery.
There are ways you can make this chowder healthier for you without giving up on the wonderful taste of it. It just takes a little experimenting and it is hard to go wrong when you have fresh clams to work with.