3500 calories equal one pound. A
typical holiday meal averages 2500 calories! The best way to stay on
track is to eat within your calories and maintain portion control. You can also make holiday dishes lower in calories and fat by substituting traditional ingredients for healthier options.
Here are a few tips to cutting down the calories in your holiday dishes.
- For recipes that call for heavy cream, substitute for skim milk or fat-free half and half
- Use egg substitutes or egg whites whenever possible
- When baking, use olive oil instead of butter. Or to completely cut out the fat, use applesauce or mashed bananas in place of oil.
- Use cocoa powder instead of chocolate in baking for that rich chocolate-y flavor without all the calories and fat
- Use low fat versions of mayonnaise, sour cream and yogurt when making dips
- Make homemade salsa and baked tortilla chips to serve instead of store bought
- Use low sodium, low fat broths when making soups
What substitutes do you use when cooking/baking?
Do you have any healthy option holiday recipes to share with us?