People want to make healthier summer food choices without having to give up their picnic favorites. Simple ingredient substitutions in your family’s traditional recipes make them healthier without sacrificing the great tastes you’ve grown to love.
- Greek yogurt instead of sour cream: Cut the fat in your recipe by substituting fat-free, plain Greek yogurt for the amount of sour cream.
- Ground turkey instead of ground beef: Lean ground turkey (99% lean) has only 1.5g of fat and 130 calories per 4-ounce serving versus lean ground beef which has 8g of fat and 170 calories per 4-ounce serving.
- Whole grains instead of white pasta or bread: Increase your intake of fiber and B-vitamins by switching to whole grains instead of white flour in your pasta salads and sandwiches at your next picnic.
- Applesauce instead of oil: If your favorite cookie recipe calls for butter, margarine, shortening or oil, try replacing half the amount called for with applesauce.
- Cut the sugar in half: In most baked-goods recipes you can reduce the amount of sugar by one-half. If the recipe doesn’t taste sweet enough, try adding vanilla, nutmeg or cinnamon to enhance the sweetness while still keeping the calories lower.