Healthy Recipe Substitutions

Many of us are living on our own for the first time this year. As a result, many of us are cooking for ourselves for the first time in our lives. Scary! (Well, based on the odors emanating from your rooms, I am confident you are all doing quite well in this new venture.)

With cooking for yourself comes the new responsibility of deciding what to make. Often in busy lifestyles, health is sacrificed to convenience. This, however, does not have to be the case. I have listed here a few recipe substitutions that I have found and that you may also find to be beneficial for making healthier, though no less delicious, recipes…

– Whole wheat flour for white flour. It usually works best to do about half and half. (In general, whole grains in place of processed grains is a good substitution – more fiber, more nutrients.)
– Natural, no-sugar-added applesauce in place of butter or oil. Take the moisture, leave the fat.
– A teaspoon of vanilla extract for sugar. I wouldn’t cut out all of the sugar, but you can cut back while still having great flavor!
– Greek yogurt for sour cream. Very similar texture, less fat, additional protein. And delicious.
– To cut back on sodium? Try new flavors and spices… citrus, garlic… be creative!

These are just a few basic ideas, but hopefully they are helpful in making delicious and healthier recipes. Be creative, try new flavors! There are lots of flavor combinations worth trying, many that don’t have all the fats, sugars, and salt in them.

Experiment, enjoy and have fun! Looking forward to more wonderful smells on the hall!

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