Are you looking for a way you make your favorite dishes healthier? Or maybe you’re trying to lose a few pounds? Here are 7 simple cooking swaps from that will cut calories and amp up nutrition without sacrificing taste.
1. Added Oil vs. Broth
One tablespoon of olive oil has about 12o calories and one cup of broth has about 20 calories. Cut back on the oil and try vegetable or chicken broth instead.
2. Salt vs. Herbs
Fresh or dried herbs, zests and spices are great alternatives to added salt.
3. Sugar & Fat in Baking vs. Fruit Puree Substitutes
Avocado, applesauce, prune and other dried fruit purees work great as a healthy substitute for excess sugar and fat.
4. Oil in Dressing vs. Juice
Fruit juices, pureed fruits, nectars and water can add flavor and nutrients to your salad without all the calories.
5. Cream vs. Lowfat Dairy Products
Creamy, hearty winter soups are a staple in the colder months, but heavy cream packs a lot of calories and fat. Try substituting skim milk, flour, potatoes or white beans.
6. Meat vs. Vegetables
Instead of having meat for dinner every night, try a meatless Monday. It’s healthier and can be just as satisfying.
7. Frying vs. Oven Frying
With just a small amount of oil you can have a delicious baked dinner with less fat and calories.