Friday, November 14, 2008

Simple ways to cut fat and calories in holiday favorites

A little something for all of us with this fast approaching holiday season. I know we, especially in WV, love to enjoy our holiday buffets of delectible goodness. Maybe these tips will help in the holiday preparation and instead of watching some football, maybe you can get a pickup game started in the back yard.

Use two egg whites instead of one whole egg.

Try dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, dates, plums) in place of nuts.

Replace baking chocolate with three tablespoons of cocoa powder and one tablespoon of canola oil.

Reduce the amount of sugar in baked goods by one-quarter to one-half.

Use evaporated skim milk in recipes that call for whipping cream.

Substitute an equal amount of applesauce for at least half the oil in muffins, brownies, or quick breads like banana bread or cranberry bread.

Use low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese instead of mayonnaise and sour cream in dips.

Cook stuffing with chicken or vegetable stock instead of oil, butter, or margarine.

Top casseroles with almonds instead of fried onion rings.

Choose reduced-fat cheeses for salads and casseroles.

Make a low-fat crust for pumpkin pie with 1 cup of Grape Nuts ® and ¼ cup apple juice concentrate.
source: American Dietetic Association,

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