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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wednesday Wisdom

Chances are you have been asked to bake something for a holiday gathering or perhaps you are making the entire festive dinner.

If you are going to a gathering with a dish it would be wise to bring something healthy so that you know there will be at least one option that you can eat guilt free. 

Here are some tips to transform your old recipes:
If your recipe calls for:

All-purpose (plain) flour: Try using half all-purpose and half whole wheat flour in baked goods

Butter, shortening or oil: Replace with applesauce or prune puree for half of the called-for butter, shortening or oil

Butter, margarine, shortening or oil to prevent sticking: Try cooking spray or nonstick pans

Eggs: Use two egg whites or 1/4 cup egg substitute for each whole egg

Evaporated milk: Use evaporated skim milk

Fruit canned in heavy syrup: Try fruit canned in its own juices or in water, or fresh fruit

Full-fat cream cheese: Use fat-free or low-fat cream cheese, Neufchatel or low-fat cottage cheese pureed until smooth

Full-fat sour cream: Try fat-free or low-fat sour cream, plain fat-free or low-fat yogurt

Margarine in baked goods: Use trans fat-free butter spreads or shortenings that are specially formulated for baking. To avoid dense, soggy or flat baked goods, don't substitute diet, whipped or tub-style margarine.

If you don't want to alter your recipes or are scared to try...check out this healthy list of fit holiday foods.  Each one has reviews so you won't be wasting your time or money on something digusting.

Bon Apetite!
Sarah and Allison

Source: Examiner.com: Healthy holiday baking tips and amazing recipes, December 11, 2009
Kelly George

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