Happy Wednesday everyone. I love to bake and make traditional recipes at the holidays just like everyone else. I have always thought that chocolate chip cookies could solve world peace or at least sooth a stressful moment- however I know that I need to bring healthy food to my friends and family in my recipes at the holidays.
My motto is Reduce, Replace or Substitute for a healthier alternative form of the original recipe.
Below I have a list of (there are hundreds)a few ways to substitute dairy products for their higher fat versions, or reduce the number of eggs or highly saturated fat in butter or chocolate in some of your holiday recipes. Take a look and enjoy the swaps.
RECIPE SUBSTITUTION IDEAS
( as an alternative to date nut bread)
1 cup applesauce
½ cup oil
½ cup sugar
1 ¾ cups flour (sifted)
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon,1/2 teaspoon cloves, ½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 egg or 2 whites
1 cup raisins
Mix the applesauce, oil and sugar. Mix in the flour, baking soda salt and spices.
Add the slightly beaten egg and raisins.
Mix then pour into a greased 8 x 4 inch loaf pan.
Bake at 325 for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until done.
1/16 slice = 168 calories, 7 grams of fat, 123 mg sodium
DIRTY DOZEN AND THE CLEAN FIFTEEN
Nancy Cohen RDN, LDN
Are you concerned about eating fresh fruits and veggies and not sure which are the ones that you should buy organic or not?
According to the EWG(Environmental Work Group) the following are safe to eat if washed well( Clean Fifteen). The Dirty Dozen are the ones you should buy in organic form as often as possible.J
CLEAN FIFTEEN DIRTY DOZEN(plus 2)
Sweet Corn Peaches
Sweet Peas Frozen Grapes
Mangos Sweet bell pepper
Kiwi Cherry tomatoes
Eggplant Snap peas imported
Cantaloupe Hot Peppers
Cauliflower Kale/ Collard Greens
Nutritionist, Dietitian & Energy Worker