When I think of the holidays, one of the first things that comes to mind are yummy yummy treats! It is no secret that during the winter months, it is easier for us to ‘let ourselves go’ a bit by devouring in the cream filled what-have-you’s and chocolate everything… but little did you know that you don’t ‘have’ to gain the extra lbs in order to enjoy some delicious treats. I know what you’re saying, “how is that possible to do and still have them taste so incredibly good?” I’m not here to preach on portion control (although important in any diet), but rather I’m here to provide some Holiday Baking Tips so you can enjoy the cookies, pies and cakes this season without taking in all of the calories.
You know it’s a good recipe if it starts with a stick of butter.
Cutting Down on The Fats
Butter, Margarine, Heavy Cream, Pure Oils & Whole Milk Cheeses may make that cream puff or fruitcake just a bit more delightful but if you’re looking for the same taste with less fat and calories, here are a few substitutions:
Instead of using Butter, Buttermilk, Margarine, or Sour Cream
Plain Greek Yogurt
Instead of using Butter, Margarine, Oil, Eggs, Sugar or Shortening
Applesauce (typical ratio 1 to 1)
Instead of using Buttercream Frosting
Frost your cake/brownie/cookie with nonfat whipped topping
For a lighter spin on cream cheese frosting, which is usually made with full-fat cream cheese & butter, use an 8oz block of reduced-fat cream cheese, 1 cup of powdered sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Instead of using Heavy Cream
Evaporated skim milk
Instead of Ricotta & Sour Cream
Low Fat Cottage Cheese
Instead of using Eggs & Oil in spiced cakes, breads or chocolate desserts
Sweet Potato Puree
Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie.
Cutting Down the Carbs & Misc.
We’ve all heard our Grandmothers utter the words “more flour” & “more sugar”. Without disappointing their tastebuds, try some of these substitutions!
Instead of using White Flour
Whole Wheat Flour (adds 10 g of heart-healthy fiber)
Instead of using Sugar
Applesauce (as seen above!)
Instead of using Vinegar
Instead of using Eggs
Use two egg whites or a 1/4 cup of egg substitute in place of one egg