My diet isn't nearly to their level yet; I go meatless but I still have some eggs and dairy (who doesn't love cheese?). As far as oil...I'm trying to cut down, but I'm not ready to eliminate. I do understand their reasoning, though: oil is fat, plain and simple, whether you have been told it's a healthy fat or not. That makes sense, and since there is always news about something being less healthy than once thought (case in point, olive oil), I figured it was time to find ways to at least cut back.
One common place fat (from both oil and butter) shows up is in our baked goods. I know, they aren't exactly healthy either, but I'm not ready to part with them! Most cakes, cookies, etc, call for some amount of oil. Yes, the oil makes them rich. But, they are straight fat that you can easily substitute without sacrificing yumminess. Try one of these swaps in your next baking venture:
- Greek Yogurt: Well, any yogurt, really, but read your labels! A lot of sugar can be lurking. Go for plain yogurt. When substituting yogurt, use 3/4 of the measurement of oil called for (math, sorry...essentially if it calls for a cup of oil, you would substitute 3/4 cup yogurt). You can also be lazy like me and do an even swap. The results are pretty rich. I also found out that you can substitute yogurt for butter and other ingredients. The rules for each can be found here.
- Applesauce: This is what I do most often. I do an even swap (ok, so maybe that 1/3 cup is a heaping 1/3 cup, but the results are delicious!) Again, watch your labels. Go for organic if you can and plain. You want as little sugar and additives as possible (although cinnamon applesauce could be quite tasty in a spice cake...).
- Avocado: This one is new to me: In April's issue of Redbook, a shout out was given to the book Absolutely Avocados by chef Gaby Dalkin. The snippet is just enough tease that I know I will likely shell out the cash to buy the book if I can't find it in the library. The example given is that she substitutes one avocado for one stick of butter in her chocolate chip cookies. Seeing as how avocados and I have recently come to terms, I am super excited to try this soon!
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