When it comes to healthy eating, small changes can make a big difference.
“Many people become overwhelmed when thinking about changes in their diet,” says Kathy McManus, MS, RD, LDN. McManus is a Mass General Brigham dietitian and director of the Department of Nutrition at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
“The fact is that simple food substitutions can have major benefits, including fewer calories, less cholesterol, and more stable blood sugar levels. These changes often lead to weight loss and lower your risks for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other diseases.”
To make recipes healthier for you and your family, try these 10 simple substitutes:
Try substituting applesauce for half the oil requested in cake and brownie recipes. You’ll cut down on calories without losing flavor or texture.
Brown rice has more fiber and nutrients than white rice. The fiber also makes it more filling.
Swap ¼ cup of egg substitute or two egg whites for each egg in a recipe to cut calories and cholesterol.