Eat This, Not That

Everyone has that favorite food that is delicious beyond compare but simply terrible for your health. For me, it is sweet noodle kugel, the creamier and more sugary cousin to mac-and-cheese. I joke that it’s healthy because of its moderately-high calcium content, but lets be honest here… a plateful of kugel is like a giant slice of cheesecake (but, in all likelihood, with more carbs and fat). Still, knowing full well how bad it is, I simply cannot see the day when I will be able to say “no” to a good-ol’ slice of that gooey, cheesy, noodle-y dish. Think I’m doomed? Ha, think again!

Enter substitution list, my go-to guide for giving a healthy twist to those treats that are simply too good to give up. Addicted to sauces and sweets made with heavy whipping cream? Think about using evaporated skim milk as a fat-free and low-calorie replacement. Love treats with lots of butter? Try using baby prunes instead to seriously up the health-factor (and to give your desserts an added fiber-boost). My personal favorite? I’ve learned that using fat-free ricotta in my kugel gives it the same sweetness and soft texture as the recipe-called-for cream cheese does, minus all the unnecessary fat and calories. Whatever your bad-food love may be, get ready to give it a healthful makeover with the easy and healthy recipe substitution list as your guide. Eating is something to be shared and enjoyed, so substitute away that guilt and grab a whisk… let’s get cooking!

Image from [Better Homes and Gardens]

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