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Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Holiday Recipe Substitutions

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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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7 thoughts on “Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Holiday Recipe Substitutions”

  1. Thanks for sharing this healthy alternatives, I will keep this in mind for sure. Especially now that holiday season is here which means food and food and food, at least with these healthy alternative recipes we won't be so guilty pigging in.

  2. Maple syrup is one of my favorite sweeteners to use, it give a unique flavor. The "fake" sweeteners taste way too much like chemicals to me, which is essentially what they are! I've also put applesauce in to some recipes as well. Adding some cinnamon in can add a little extra kick too!

  3. I love using yogurt when I bake. It gives my cakes, cookies, etc. a sort of tart, but delicious, taste. I like Swerve, but locally procured honey is also a favorite substitute of mine.

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