By far, the resolution that tops almost everyone’s New Year’s list is losing weight. The key to success in this challenging endeavor is not to bite off more than you can chew. Stringent diets can lead to frustration and ultimately, failure. However, there is a way to cut back gradually without totally denying yourself the pleasure of eating what you like. Instead of “doing without” just “swap it out!”
- Did you know that unsweetened applesauce can replace sugar or oil/butter in baking? The measurement stays the same, but when replacing sugar with applesauce, you may need to cut back on the other liquids in the batter. A mashed banana can also take the place of an equal amount of butter or oil.
- Pureed avocado can be used for butter in some recipes (including brownies) or spread on whole grain toast for a healthy breakfast.
- Substitute vanilla to cut back on sugar in recipes. For example, if a recipe calls for one cup of sugar, use one-half cup sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla. That alone cuts out about 400 calories!
- Use an equal amount of evaporated skim milk instead of cream in your coffee.
- Quinoa can replace couscous anytime. They have similar textures, but quinoa is packed with proteins and nutrients.
- Pasta will get you every time. But your favorite sauces will still stand out and may even taste better over a plate of spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles. Time to get out the spiralizer.
There are plenty more ways to trade up to a healthier diet with less pain and less gain. Check out http://greatist.com/health/83-healthy-recipe-substitutions for ideas.