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You don't have to abandon all your favorite recipes to eat healthier. Several small changes to your current recipes can often greatly lower the saturated fat and sodium in your diet.
These small changes can make a big difference in the amount of fat and calories in your diet. But they won't make much difference in how your meals taste or how much you enjoy them. Here are some ideas for making heart-healthy changes in your recipes.
1 cup shortening or lard
¾ cup canola or olive oil
1 cup oil (baking)
¼ cup oil and ½ cup applesauce
1 cup whole milk
1 cup fat-free milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup evaporated skim milk
1 cup sour cream
1 cup low-fat or fat-free yogurt or sour cream
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 cup low-fat cheddar cheese
8 oz cream cheese
8 oz light cream cheese
4 oz skim ricotta and 4 oz tofu blended
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can low-fat cream soup
1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground turkey or 1 lb extra-lean ground beef (97% lean)
6 oz tuna in oil
6 oz tuna in water
1 cup chocolate chips
½ cup chocolate chips
To eat less fat and salt, try these tips while you cook.
Frying your food
Baking, broiling, steaming, poaching, or grilling your food.
Eating convenience foods (canned soups, TV dinners, frozen pizza)
Eating fresh fish, meats, fruits, and vegetables. Or look for low-salt convenience foods. Then make a balanced meal by adding a fruit, a vegetable, and low-fat or fat-free milk.
Using butter or other fats high in saturated fat
Using products low in saturated fat. Try olive oil, vegetable oil, canola oil, or chicken broth.
Using salt, soy sauce, or barbecue sauce
Using herbs, spices, or lemon
Eating all of the meat product
Eating a 2 oz to 3 oz serving of meat. (This is about the size of a deck of cards.) Trim fat from meat. Remove skin from chicken.
More tips for reducing fat in recipes
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Other Works ConsultedAmerican Heart Association (2006). Diet and lifestyle recommendations revision 2006. Circulation, 114(1): 82–96. [Erratum in Circulation, 114(1): e27.]
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologyMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerColleen O'Connor, PhD, RD - Registered Dietitian
Current as ofDecember 6, 2017
Current as of: December 6, 2017
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Colleen O'Connor, PhD, RD - Registered Dietitian
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