Friday, February 25, 2011

Simple Substitutions to Combat Fat

Oftentimes people associate healthy eating with blandness or a lack of flavour and texture. For example, foods higher in fat tend to be creamy and have a distinct mouth feel that people might think they have to sacrifice in lieu of lighter alternatives. Don't worry, with these tips, you can make some simple swaps to have your cookies and burn belly fat too!

Skip the mayo, go for avocados instead - Unmistakably creamy and full of body, avocados are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. They're high in fibre and loaded with vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. You can mash up avocados and put them wherever you would use mayo and even butter.

Similar to the above tip: In baking, swap butter for apple sauce. You'll be cutting back on a whack of calories while still providing lots of moisture to the batter. Say hello to chewy, moist cookies with way less calories!

Ditch the iceberg and go for the green! When making salads, switch up your base from time to time. The darker the better, that means they're loaded with nutrients. For example, spinach is loaded with folic acid and contains iron and the calorie difference is negligible.

Swap white breadcrumbs for oats or high fibre cereal - Boost your intake of whole grains and cut back on the white, refined stuff. Not only do whole grains contain antioxidants, you're also helping ensure that you meet your target for your daily fibre intake. Combine those benefits with great taste and crunchy texture and you've got a winning combo.

Greek yogurt for sour cream or creme fraiche - Many different types of Greek yogurt have been available in the US for a while now, but it's just gaining popularity and acclaim here in Canada. Containing twice as much protein but the exact same calories as regular yogurt (we know, why not just eat Greek all the time!), with the creaminess and body of sour cream, you'll be slapping this stuff on everything from baked potatoes to fruit and granola parfaits!

Swap cauliflower for potatoes - potatoes are very healthy and there's absolutely nothing wrong with having them; but if you're looking to cut back on calories from time to time, you can simply sub in cauliflower into your mashed potato recipe. Nobody will be able to tell the difference if you don't tell them!

Remember, we eat with our brains first - our expectations determine how much we like things. Trust us, these substitutions work because the difference is so little (some people in fact prefer these versions), so go in with an open mind! Be adventurous, open and willing to make these simple swaps and you'll never look back.