Healthier Substitutes for Your Holiday Cooking and Baking Ingredients

December 21, 2011


So, how healthy are your cooking and baking habits these days?

Sooner or later you may start looking for healthier ingredients for you recipes.

Be ingredient and health smart during the cold and flu season as well as holiday time you will be spending in the kitchen; that is why I  want to remind you about some healthier alternatives and healthier substitutes to the ingredients you normally use in your kitchen:

  • 1 whole egg can be substituted with 2 egg whites Healthier Substitutes for Your Cooking and Baking Ingredients
  • white flour can be substituted with whole grain flour (rice, barley,millet, buckwheat – basically you can grind any whole grain)
  • sour cream can be substituted with low fat plain yogurt or low  fat sour cream
  • milk can be substitute with skim, 1% milk or powdered milk
  • ice cream can be substitute with frozen yogurt
  • heavy cream (not for whipping) – 1:1 ratio of flour whisked into non fat milk (eg. 1 cup of flour + 1 cup of non fat milk)
  • whipped cream can be substituted with chilled evaporated skim milk or other low fat whipped products
  • cheese can be substituted with low-fat cheese (please note: non-fat cheese does not melt well if use in cooking or baking)
  • margarine can be substituted with butter
  • butter can be substituted with light butter, vegetable oil or ghee
  • sugar ( brown or white) can be substituted with date sugar, barley  malt, blackstrap molasses, pure raw honey; don’t forget that 1 tsp = 4 grams.
  • table salt can be substituted with sea salt

Happy and Healthy Cooking and Baking !!!


Breathe, smile and be happy,

© Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition Coach and Counselor

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2 Responses to “Healthier Substitutes for Your Holiday Cooking and Baking Ingredients”

  1. Tiffany Says:

    Thanks for posting this. I am always looking for ways to substitiute foods for healthier options.

  2. Singing Cook Says:

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