Thursday, September 2, 2010

Ten Ways of Making Your Food Healthier

Are you always feeling guilty for eating that decadent dessert? Digging into that greasy pizza? Having that salad with your favorite dressing—you know, the one with the highest fat content? Do you wish that you knew a few tricks to enjoy the food you are eating but without all the fat and calories? Well, Twittermoms and Weightwatchers Smart Ones have teamed together to offer a new blogging contest and they are looking for Ten Ways of Making Your Food Healthier.


I have historically had borderline cholesterol and, like everyone else in their 40’s, fighting that mid-life (wow, mid-life already?) spread. Over the years, though, I have been more and more concerned with my health, especially since I am an older mother with young children. I have devised ways to cut back on fat and calories, but still have delicious foods to eat. I have a sweet tooth, so sweets are my sore spot. Here are some tips I have to make my food healthier:

  1. I love salads. The biggest drawback to salads is the dressing. Either it is high and fat (and oh-so-good, or low in fat and excess sugar. I love a quality dressing. My brother taught me this technique, and it really works. Instead of pouring your dressing on, put it in a dish on the side and dip your fork in before each bite. You will be amazed at how much dressing taste you get and how little dressing you use. I probably use less than a teaspoon instead of the tablespoon or more if I poured it on!
  2. Desserts—I told you that sweets were my sore spot, but here is a trick I have. When baking, you can substitute applesauce for oil. Example, my muffin recipe calls for 2/3 cup of oil. I use 2/3 cup of applesauce and use one tablespoon of oil to keep the muffins moist.
  3. When substituting applesauce with oil, buy no sugar added applesauce. Since applesauce is naturally sweet, you can cut back on the amount of sugar the recipe calls for.
  4. Substitute white flour with whole wheat when baking. If you don’t like the texture in some recipes, use half whole wheat flour and half white flour.
  5. When I bake, I cut back on the amount of sugar the recipes call for. Just shake some out of the cup. Every little bit you cut out helps.
  6. I have a great recipe for fish that requires not adding any butter or fat. Simply mix equal amounts of bread crumbs and parmesan cheese and sprinkle over the fish and bake. This makes a great, delicious healthy main course.
  7. A sweet treat for dessert is to take sugar-free instant chocolate pudding, made with skim milk and combine it with fat-free cool whip. It fluffs up and is so yummy to eat alone or to dip strawberries in!
  8. Substitute fat-free yogurt for sour cream.
  9. Cooking up bacon? I really try to avoid bacon, but sometimes you just really want it. Switch to turkey bacon and while the bacon is still hot, place between paper towels and blot off the excess fat.
  10. Love sausage for breakfast? Consider Goetta instead. Goetta is made with sausage and oats and tastes awesome, but doesn’t contain near the fat and has the added benefit of oats.  Goetta is a regional food, native to the German immigrants in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. 
I hope maybe some of these tips will give you some ideas of ways to have a healthier lifestyle. Remember, instead of dieting, make small changes here and there in your lifestyle and habits to improve your health.

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