With the holidays here I thought it would be helpful to share some healthy cooking, baking, and recipes for you and your family to try and enjoy.
- Use whole wheat flour.
- Try fruit juice as the base for salad dressings or marinades.
- Instead of using cream, try evaporated skim milk. You will be able to whip it, use it in sauces, casseroles, and even pies.
- Cocoa powder is a healthy chocolate alternative; it works in brownies, cakes and fudge (use three tablespoons for every ounce of unsweetened chocolate).
- Applesauce can substitute for oils in your baked goods (use equal amounts of it in muffins, breads, cakes, cookies, etc.).
- Instead of butter, use canola oil, olive oil, prune puree or applesauce.
- Use only the egg whites or an egg substitute in place of regular eggs.
- Instead of sour cream, try plain yogurt.
- Low-fat ricotta cheese plus yogurt substitutes beautifully for cream cheese.
- Use a calorie-free nonstick spray, like Pam, instead of butter for greasing cookware.
Need ideas for a healthy holiday snacks or dinner?
- Try to use a yogurt or fat-free sour cream for the base of dip for veggie sticks, fresh fruit, or baked pita chips.
- Assorted, unsalted raw nuts and dried fruit.
- Cheese, veggies, and fruit trays.
Try to keep alcoholic drinks to one, and in place of alcohol try:
- Warm apple cider
- Sparkling juices (you can even mix sprite or ginger ale with your favorite juice, my mom always mixed sprite and apple juice and called it Christmas champagne)
- Flavored, calorie-free water
- Low sodium vegetable juice
- Light egg nog (or you can do ½ skim milk and ½ egg nog)
What healthy substitutions do you and our family do? Have any delicious healthy recipes to share with us?