The Holidays are in full swing and the baking is about to begin! We all love our sweets, but we all love to try and eat as low Calorie snacks as possible. With a little research and label-reading knowledge you can find some ways to take your favorite recipes and switch things up a bit to offer healthier ingredient options. In most cases my food turns out even better when I use REAL ingredients and omit the artificial junk!
Sugars & Sweeteners
The healthiest sugars to use are Stevia, Xylitol, Swerve, Sorbitol, maple syrup and erythritol. The importance in knowing what is in your sugars is the difference between consuming REAL, natural ingredients and consuming a sweetener that contains genetically modified or high fructose, mercury-rich ingredients which are all so harmful in their own ways to our bodies.
You can substitute no more than half or so of the butter for applesauce or plain yogurt. This can save you more than 300 calories! Eg. if a recipe calls for 1 cup of butter, use 1/2 cup of apple sauce or plain yogurt instead. You can also used mashed fruits like bananas or avocado instead of butter for some muffins.
You can save almost 100 calories by substituting 1 whole egg with 2 egg whites in recipes
I stick to whole wheat flours and you can also substitute 1:1 amount of black bean puree for added fiber
I never use the high fat creams in recipes-I always substitute with evaporated milk
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