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Most of us want to eat healthy food. However, it is very difficult to give up on your favorite dishes even though you are fully aware of their standing on the health meter. It is time to stop feeling guilty and try to give the recipes a makeover.
How often have you felt guilty about indulging in your favorite food that is loaded with calories? The temptation seems too difficult to resist and despite your guilt, you decide to go ahead and indulge yourself. It is never too late to practice moderation. You can give the recipe of your favorite dish a makeover and ensure that it is healthy and still tastes as good. A very useful tip is to cook at home as this gives you total control over the ingredients as well as portion sizes which are the key factors for maintaining the right weight. Moreover, cooking at home also helps you save your money.

5.    Opt for egg whites instead of the whole egg

You can make your favorite egg-based dishes healthier by opting for 2 egg whites rather than 1 whole egg. A whole egg contains about 50 calories and 5 grams of fat in comparison to egg white which contains only about 16 calories and 0 grams fat.

6.    Make meaty dishes healthier by using grain and vegetables

You can choose to add whole grains and diced vegetables to meat to increase the portion size. This adds to the nutrient content of your diet especially in the form of veggies and grains which are rare in normal diets. For each pound of meat, you could consider adding about a cup of diced veggies or cooked grains.

7.    Wisely select the cheese you add to your dishes

Rather than going in for the high fat, high calorie cheese, you should think of using cheese that has a strong flavor but is low on calories. For instance, you could consider using goat cheese, extra sharp Cheddar cheese, or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

8.    Opt for homemade low fat ice creams

You might find ice creams too irresistible. If you feel guilty about putting on those calories, you can opt for homemade ice creams and use low-fat milk that is thickened using gelatin. You can cut down almost 90 calories and 10 grams of fat by going in for the homemade low-fat ice cream.

9.    Load your hamburgers with veggies and other condiments

For your hamburgers, you could substitute ground beef with turkey or ground sirloin which are more than 90% fat free. You can also load your hamburger with fresh veggies such as tomatoes, lettuce, and onion and add condiments such as barbeque sauce, salsa, and mustard.

10.    Use non-fat milk and sour cream for mashed potatoes

You can cut down on your calories by using non-fat milk while making mashed potatoes and then substituting low fat hisour cream for butter. Another trick for pumping up the flavor is by adding fresh chopped herbs and roasted garlic.

11.    Make your pizzas healtier by opting for whole grain bread

You can make your pizzas healthier by opting for whole grain flour tortillas, whole wheat bread, or whole wheat Boboli for the pizza crust. Another trick is to top the pizza with chopped veggies such as tomatoes, garlic, green peppers, and mushrooms, and mix a small portion of meat. You can also use reduced fat cheese or low fat mozzarella to cut down on your calories.

12.    Make your desserts healthier

If you have a sweet tooth, you can make your desserts healthier by adding fresh fruit instead of tinned fruit. If you have to use tinned fruit, strain the sugar syrup before using. You can even opt for home-made custard or low sugar yoghurt instead of the regular ice creams.

  • “A Prospective Study of Egg Consumption and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Men and Women”, by Frank B. Hu, et al. Published in the April, 1999 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, accessed on July 11, 2012
  • “Size makes a difference”, by Jeppe Matthiessen, et al. Published in the June 2002 issue of Public Health Nutrition, accessed on July 11, 2012
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