How to: Make an Old Recipe Healthier

Everyone loves grandma’s cooking, but when you look at the recipes that you cherish so much it is often loaded in fat, calories, and sodium. While eating meals like this in moderation is okay, here are some tips to make grandma’s best recipes work for an everyday meal. You can cherish the memories while keeping your health.

Read through the recipe to find areas of improvement:
– Use salt-free seasonings to add flavor instead of salt, oil, or butter
– For sautéing on the stove, try using small amounts of olive or canola oil instead of butter or lard
– Remove skin and fat from chicken and meat prior to eating. Try pan cooking or poaching instead of frying.
– Choose lean cuts of meat, remove visible fat
– Use low fat cheeses in place of full-fat cheese
– Make your own salad dressings with extra virgin olive oil or canola oil
– Replace meat with plant-based alternatives such as beans, lentils, soy products
– See my previous post –  Healthy Indredient Substitutions – for more ideas!

Remember – traditions you start today with your family will be passed down just like your grandma’s recipes were! So, make sure they are healthy!
Keep Grandma’s traditional recipes for special meals – create your own version as a healthy tribute to the past.


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