Monday, December 17, 2007

Keeping the weight off this holiday season

This Christmas season don't get so up tight about the fat and calories that are in many of our favorite holiday treats instead makeover your family’s favorite recipes by altering the fat, fibre and sugar content without scarifying the flavor or quality.

Ways to Reduce Fat While Cooking

© Trim all visible fat from meats and remove the skin off of the turkey.

© Drain the grease off of cooked meats before adding other ingredients.

© Sauté with broth instead of oil.

© Allow oil to get hot prior to adding ingredients. Foods soak up cold oil faster then they do hot.

© Making soups and strews in advance and skim the fat off that rises to the top. This is also good for making gravy as well.

© Cooking with herbs and spices will give your foods great flavor without extra calories or fat.

© Use only half the amount of cheese that your recipes call for.

© Roast, grill, steam, boil, broil, and baking are great cooking methods that offer the lowest amount of fat.

Ways to Reduce Fat and Increase Fibre when Baking

© Substitute skim milk or 1% in recipes requiring whole milk or cream.

© Substitute whole wheat flour for half of the white flour in recipes

© Use non-hydrogenated margarine instead of butter or shortening.

© Replace 1 whole egg with 2 egg whites or ¼ cup egg substitute.

© Use 3Tbsp dry cocoa plus 1Tbsp oil instead of 1 ounce of baking chocolate.

© Replace one whole egg in the recipe with 1 Tbsp of ground flax seed mixed with 3 Tbsp of water.

© Replace half of the fat called for in the recipe with mashed banana, apple sauce or fat free yogurt.

© Use only half the amount of sugar that the original recipe calls for.

There are some tips I hope will help you this holiday season! Have a very Merry Christmas!

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