Healthy Cooking Hacks You Need to Know

sauteEating right doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, you don’t have to give up your favorite foods in order to do it – you just have to learn some healthy eating hacks! There are healthful ways to cook your favorite comfort foods and here are a few tips you can use to lighten up any recipe!

Scan It!

Scan that recipe before you start! Remember, most recipes are merely guidelines for preparing something, plus part of the fun of cooking is to put your own stamp on a dish. Look at the recipe and see if there are some ways you can cut down on the calories. Things like butter, oils, sugars and cheese often add a lot of calories and can easily be replaced with other, healthier options.

Skinny Sauté

Oil and butter are often called for in a recipe when you need to sauté vegetables, but those add calories and fat that are often unnecessary. You can replace these options with a couple of tablespoons of low-sodium vegetable broth. It will add flavor and moisture to your dish!

Lose the Skin

Ok, so the skin of chicken may be tasty, but it’s also full of fat and thus, calories. In fact, if you remove the skin from a three ounce breast of chicken you can save about 50 calories. Plus, that skin has saturated fat, which isn’t the healthy kind you want to aim for.

Say Yes to Citrus

Citrus fruits such as lemons and limes add a lot of flavor to a dish and can be used instead of butter on things like steam veggies. Heck, you can even use it to replace salad dressing, which can add a ton of unhealthy calories to a salad. You can also use it on pasta and seafood. Give it a try!

Rethink Cheese

Here’s a pro tip: if you use cheese with a stronger flavor then you have to use less of it in a recipe to add the flavor. Mild cheeses like cheddar take a lot to add flavor to a dish, but something like feta or aged Parmesan you get the flavor without the added calories. Winning!


Greek yogurt has a lot of uses, and one of those is as a replacement for sour cream. You can substitute Greek yogurt in about anything to get the same creamy flavor without the added calories and fat. In fact, it only has 45 calories for 2 tablespoons.

So, give these substitutions a try and see how they can add to your recipes!

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