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Ingredient Swap-outs!

Ingredient Swap-outs!

Make your favorite recipes a little bit lighter by substituting a few key ingredients. Making just one or two ingredient swap-outs can help you lower the calories and unhealthful fats in lots of holiday dishes. Try some of these substitutions in your holiday recipes this season:

  • Instead of 1/2 cup butter, use 1/2 cup Southern Home® Natural Applesauce.  You save 750 calories and 88g fat.
  • Instead of 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, use 1/3 cup cocoa.  You save 215 calories and 25g fat.
  • Instead of 1 cup chocolate chips, use 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips.  You save 300 calories and 29g fat.
  • Instead of 8 oz. cream cheese, use 8 oz. tub-style light Neufchatel cheese.  You save 240 calories and 32g fat.
  • Instead of 1 cup heavy cream, use 1 cup fat-free half-and-half.  You save 680 calories and 80g fat.
  • Instead of 1 cup sour cream, use 1 cup Southern Home® Light Sour Cream.  You save 200 calories and 28g fat.
  • Instead of 2 Tbsp. butter to grease baking pans, use Southern Home® Cooking Spray with Flour for Baking.  You save 200 calories and 22g fat.

Other Light Cooking Tips

  • When cutting back on either fat or sugar, it helps to boost other flavors such as cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, or vanilla extract.
  • Use reduced-fat cheeses to reduce calories and fats in casseroles and salads.
  • Look for reduced sodium broths, stocks and soups for casseroles and stuffing recipes.
  • Use plain, fat-free Greek yogurt or reduced fat mayonnaise in place of regular mayonnaise.
  • If you are watching your cholesterol, use two egg whites in place of one egg, or use a liquid egg substitute.
  • Use slivered almonds instead of fried onions as a casserole topping for a healthier crunch.
  • Nonstick baking sheets, parchment paper and silicone baking mats are great tools designed to prevent foods from sticking and burning. These are particularly helpful when decreasing fat contents of recipes.
  • As with all foods, keep your portion size in check. Just because something is a little bit lighter than usual doesn’t mean it’s calorie free!



Printed on August 23, 2014 at 7:25 am