If you’re trying to make your food more healthy, try these healthy substitutions. In each case, you can use the substitution in place of the original when cooking.
|Bacon||Smoke flavoring, ham, Canadian bacon or bacon bits|
|Bread crumbs||French bread, dried and crushed Butter, margarine or shortening in baking|
|Butter, margarine or shortening in baking||Applesauce|
|Cream cheese||Neufchatel or low fat cream cheese|
|Canned Condensed Soup||White sauce made with skim milk|
|Cream of Chicken Soup||1 ¼ cups white sauce + 1 Tbsp. chicken bouillon|
|Cream of Mushroom Soup||1 cup white sauce + 1 can drained mushrooms|
|Egg (one)||2 egg whites|
|Ground beef||Ground turkey|
|Heavy cream, for whipping||Evaporated milk, freeze 30 minutes, add ½ tsp. vanilla, whip|
|Heavy cream, in sauces and soups||Evaporated milk|
|Ricotta cheese||low-fat cottage cheese, pureed|
|Whole milk||Skim milk|
|White flour||½ white and ½ wheat or all wheat|
|White flour, for thickening||2 Tbsp. cornstarch|
|White rice||Brown rice|
Here are a few more healthy eating tips:
- Cook chicken breasts with skin and remove skin just before eating. This helps the chicken stay juicy.
- Steam vegetables instead of sauteing.
- Low fat gravy: let meat broth stand in refrigerator overnight or put ice cubes in broth to collect fat. Skim off fat. Use 1 Tbsp. cornstarch to thicken 1 cup.
You may also want to check out our substitutions and equivalents page!