There are many other great cooking substitutions you can do to recipes to help make your meals healthier. Here are a some that I do routinely.
Bread crumbs whole wheat bread crumbs &/or wheat germ
Oil in baking 1/2 oil & 1/2 applesauce
Regular dairy Low fat cheese/lot fat dairy
Pasta or rice 100% whole grain pasta or brown rice
Ground beef extra lean ground beef or lean ground turkey/chicken (read labels!)
- Fat free yogurt/ Greek yogurt is fine. For other dairy products, 2% tastes better and usually also "does" better in recipes.
- Always look for whole grains to substitute for refined grains.
- When cooking with oil or salt, you can use less oil/salt and increase the amount of spices you use instead. Salt is a flavor enhancer and oil/fat is a great flavor carrier. When you reduce the amounts of these ingredients, increasing the spices will help compensate for decrease in flavor intensity.
- The mayo clinic also has some great suggestions:
If you have a recipe that you love but can't figure out how to make it more healthy...send it to me and I will try to come up with some suggestions.
Have a great holiday weekend!!