The 12 Healthiest Recipe Substitutions

The 12 Healthiest Recipe Substitutions

Nothing is more valuable than your health. To keep yourself in peak condition, check out this helpful post from our friends at Diet Blog.

When we think of potato salad, fried food, cookies and cakes, we think of those as high calorie, fattening foods.


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But what if you could easily make a lower calorie and tasty food with a simple recipe substitution?

12 Simple Swaps

  1. Greek yogurt for mayonnaise: Use half the mayonnaise needed in a recipe, and the other half substitute with Greek yogurt. Example: Recipe calls for ½ cup total, so use ¼ cup yogurt and ¼ cup mayonnaise. This is a great way to make a lighter potato salad.
  2. Greek yogurt for sour cream
  3. Greek yogurt for butter: Substitute ¼ of the butter amount with yogurt. Example: Recipe calls for 1 cup butter, so use ¾ cup butter and ¼ cup yogurt.
  4. Applesauce for butter: This works for baking recipes like cookies or vanilla cakes only.
  5. Pureed prunes for butter in chocolate cake or chocolate cookie recipes. You can puree your own prunes, or buy a jar of prune baby food!
  6. Pumpkin for oil in a baking recipe.
  7. Whole wheat bread crumbs, panko bread crumbs or crushed whole wheat crackers for breading and baking instead of frying foods.
  8. Olive oil spray instead of vegetable oils or butters. You can make your own olive oil mister with a clean spray bottle filled with ¾ cup water and ¼ cup oil.
  9. Flaxseed: 1 teaspoon flaxseed and water (1/4 cup) to substitute 1 egg in a baking recipe.
  10. Ground oats or almond meal for flour in a recipe. This can help to add fiber, a healthy fat and a small amount of protein to the recipe!
  11. Stevia for half of the sugar.
  12. Avocado can replace most of the oil, butter or shortening in recipes.

Use Your Judgment

If you feel like you know your way around the kitchen, you can use your judgment to scale back on some of the higher calorie ingredients.

Use your smarts to swap out white flour and use wheat flour, or use less olive oil than the recipe calls for. Also try adding extra herbs and spices to enhance the flavor of the recipe.

Do you have any favorite ingredient swaps?

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