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Four Healthy Ingredient Substitutes for Homemade Meals

Happy New Year! You’ve enjoyed all of the festivities, family gatherings, late nights, and indulging in your favorite foods. Now’s the time to get back on track with eating healthy again. Eating healthier doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice the taste in your food, especially coming off of a month long streak of eating some of the tastiest foods of the year. There are plenty of ways to gradually make the change. Today we’re sharing four healthy ingredient substitutes for homemade meals.

1. Apple Sauce – Baking cakes, pies, and other sweet desserts is a big part of the holiday season. A lot of us bake using family recipes passed down to us and most of the recipes are loaded with different types of fats. Even though the holidays are over, you can still enjoy your family’s favorites, but without all of the extra guilt. Use unsweetened apple sauce as a substitute for butter in your recipes. You can substitute equal parts butter with equal parts apple sauce or even do half and half.

2. Cauliflower – A carb overload is inevitable during the holidays. Everything from your grandma’s famous mashed potatoes to your favorite cousin’s fritters made with leftovers, you’ve probably eaten your fair share. You can now substitute in many of these recipes. Cauliflower can be using in place of potatoes, pizza crust, small-grained pastas, and even hummus.

3. Olive Oil – Dips! Dips! Dips! They were probably served with fresh veggie platters during office holiday parties and even at your kid’s school holiday programs (along with the staple juice and cookies). More than likely they were made with loads of fats, such as mayo, sour cream, or cream cheese. The same goes for salad dressings laden with the same ingredients. Give yourself a break and have a serving of healthy fats with your next salad or veggie platter. Mix olive oil with balsamic vinegar and enjoy!

4. Sorbet – You didn’t think we’d leave out the desserts, did ya? We love sweets just as much as the next guy and eating a pint of ice cream in one sitting usually isn’t a big deal around the holidays because you’re too busy enjoying friends and family to worry about how much you’re eating. Sorbet is a great lower fat alternative to ice cream if you can’t stay away from the sweet stuff. To take it an extra step, you can slice a banana, freeze it, and then blend in a food processor. Voila! You have your very own homemade ice cream.