Your taste buds won't be able to tell the difference with this easy switch. This heart healthy alternative slashes the amount of cholesterol and calories you may otherwise consume.
If a dish calls for milk, reach for the skim or one percent variety instead of whole milk. This rule also applies to yogurt, cheese, sour cream, buttermilk, coconut milk, cream cheese, and many other products.
Many foods such as soy sauce, soup, taco seasoning, and even deli meats come in reduced sodium varieties.
Using unsweetened applesauce instead of oil in cakes and other baked goods does not alter the taste, but cuts out the fat and more than half of the calories. For brownies, try using mashed baby prunes in place of oil or butter.
Increase the amount of spices, or use salt free seasonings instead of going overboard with the salt.
Whole grains boost the nutritional content by adding fiber.
White bread is full of empty calories and packs zero nutritional value. Whole wheat bread dances circles around white bread by adding fiber.
A frozen whipped topping such as Cool Whip has far fewer calories and fat than whipped cream and tastes (almost) as good.
The artificial sweetener Splenda® has a product line designed especially for baking. They make a white and brown sugar substitute for all of your baking needs, reducing the amount of calories by half.
Unprocessed natural foods are always better and they're environmentally friendly, too. Pick up some fresh produce instead of reaching for the can opener.
The best way to figure out what works in your kitchen is to roll up your sleeves and start experimenting. Make a conscious decision to seek out healthy alternatives and your waistline will thank you.
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