17 Ways To Make Your Recipes Less Fattening


If you’re starting a diet, chances are you don’t want to deprive yourself of all your favorite foods. Rest assured, there is good news for you! You can modify those favorite recipes by using substitutions that will make those foods better, with fewer calories, for you.

Here are 17 ways to alter your recipes so you can stay on your diet. As a bonus, your food will be healthier for you.

  1. Only use half the amount of oil called for in a brownie or cake recipe and use applesauce to substitute the rest.
  2. Use soups that are fat-free rather than those that are cream-based. You won’t be able to tell the difference and think of the calories you’ll avoid!
  3. Instead of full-fat cheese, use low fat to cut the calories in your cheese dishes. You won’t notice the difference.
  4. Sweeten your recipes with fruit juice, containing pulp, rather than using white sugar.
  5. Always substitute whole grain pasta for highly processed bleached flour pasta.
  6. If the recipe calls for vegetables and meat, use meats that are less fatty and double the number of vegetables that you use. You will be amazed by how full you feel after eating that dish.
  7. Replace white rice with nutritious whole grain rice.
  8. Add a vegetable side dish or generous salad to your meal when you’re eating foods that are higher in calories and fats. Eat the side dish or the salad first, and you will eat less of the higher-calorie foods. You will also be more comfortable and not too full after a meal.
  9. If a recipe calls for pasta, try substituting spaghetti squash.
  10. Use lean cuts of meat to substitute for high-fat meats.
  11. Instead of using old-fashioned lard for frying, substitute with olive oil or healthy vegetable oil.
  12. Instead of frying your meats, try using the grill. Much of the fat content will drain off, and you will be left with a healthier cut of meat.
  13. Whenever possible, use egg whites rather than whole eggs.
  14. Instead of using sour cream, use non-fat yogurt to add creaminess to your recipes.
  15. Whenever appropriate, add a serving of beans to any recipe to bulk up the fiber in your meals.
  16. Don’t use bleached flour in your recipes. Use whole wheat flour instead.
  17. Instead of using white flour tortillas, substitute with corn or wheat tortillas.

In conclusion, you do not need to abandon your favorite foods just because you’re on a diet and trying to eat in a healthy way. Most of the time, you can make healthy substitutions in your recipes and continue to serve them to your family and eat them yourself.

And, of course, if there’s no way to make a healthy substitution for a certain ingredient, you can simply eat smaller servings and add a healthy side dish such as green beans, steamed brussels sprouts, or a large salad. Substitution really does help make your diet healthier and is easy to do.