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This may sound a little adventurous, but you wont taste the difference: Switch out half of the butter in a cookie recipe for mashed avocado. This simple change will reduce fat content by 40% and cut the number of calories by nearly as much. Youll still get the creaminess of butter and the fatty taste, but this substitution knocks out some of the saturated fat in favor of the belly-flattening monounsaturated kind recipes-to-try
Coconut Cupcakes For the Frosting.... 9 ounces of coconut milk 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature zest of 2 medium limes 1.5 pounds (about 5 3/4 cups) confectioners' sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
Jalapeno Popper Chicken. This chicken combines the great things about poppers and puts them into a much lighter and less guilty chicken dish. Chicken breasts are stuffed with a cheesy jalapeño mixture and then rolled in crispy panko and baked, not fried!
Swap Beans for Flour or Shortening Use beans in place of flour or shortening in brownies made from scratch. It may sound odd, but you probably won’t even notice the legumes: In a blind taste test in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, study participants rating brownies made with pureed cooked cannellini beans gave the low-fat confections high marks. If you’re more inclined to bake from a box, just add a can to a ready-made mix to give your batch a boost of healthy fiber.
Healthy Peanut Butter Power Cookies
Swap Yogurt for Sour Cream The next time you’re preparing a veggie party platter, make your dip out of yogurt instead of sour cream. It’ll have less fat and calories, plus you’ll get the bonus of extra calcium. University of Tennessee researchers found that dieters who ate three servings of yogurt a day lost 81% more belly fat than once-a-day yogurt eaters. The researchers hypothesize that calcium helps breaks down fat in your gut.
Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies. Soft, chewy, and NO butter (recipe uses extra peanut butter instead.) Stick to your diet AND eat your cookies too!