Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving to All

I’m off to Houston for a week so I likely won’t be doing much blogging. In the meantime, I would like to offer a few tips on keeping your Turkey Day a little healthier.

Folks, it’s all about simple substitutions. By making small changes in the diet, you can avoid gaining weight during the holidays. Experts warn against trying to lose weight during the holidays as that’s likely setting yourself up for failure. Instead, why not avoid gaining weight. That’s a much simpler concept!

Here are a few tips for a healthier and lighter holiday feast:

Try cooking with more heart-healthy liquids, rather than oil. These include lemon juice, sherry, tomato sauce, vinegar, skim or 1% milk, wine, low-fat broth, fruit juice or a combination of these.
Use skim or 1% milk when the recipe calls for whole milk.

To thicken a liquid without adding fat, use one of the following: flour, cornstarch, potato flakes, yogurt, non-fat evaporated milk.

Use an egg substitute or 2 egg whites in place of a whole egg.

Use low-fat versions of cheese, sour cream, ice cream, salad dressings, etc.

Replace butter with margarine. (Note for optimal results, be sure to cook with a margarine that has greater than 50 percent oil. This works well for most cooking. Also note that many recipes have been specifically developed for the use of margarine products. However, if a recipe calls for a precise amount of fat and moisture, such as pastry crusts and spritz cookies, you should use a margarine that contains 60 percent oil. All other margarine products are appropriate for spreading, topping and adding flavor to recipes.)

Use vegetables as the main course. Hearty (and more "meat-like") vegetables include Portobello mushrooms, artichoke hearts, eggplant, green, red or yellow peppers.
Use fresh spices to enhance your meals.

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