Yes! Let’s get deeper into this new habit! Here are more tips for a healthier meal:
Egg is another essential ingredient in baking. Whenever the recipe allows for, instead of using the whole egg, use only the whites. Generally, the ratio is two egg whites to one egg. Why should you remove the yolk? Losing the yolk can lower your cholesterol intake. Also, the next time you eat hard-boiled eggs, discard the yolk. This would not cut the taste at all!
If you drink milk regularly, you can opt to substitute for skim milk or fat-free ones. In baking, reduced fat or skim milk can be used instead of heavy cream and whole milk.
In salad, instead of iceberg lettuce and romaine, go for dark leafy greens like spinach, arugula, watercress and kale. Light green vegetables have lesser important nutrients. If you cannot settle for just the dark ones, a combination of greens will do too. We say, as long as you are eating greens you are on the right track!
For your heart health, extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) is the way to go! Used for sauté-ing and cooking, EVOO provides a healthier alternative to butter. And it is tasty too! If you can afford it, go for the highest quality. Use EVOO in salads for a change as it is a great replacement for creamy salad dressings. Mix balsamic vinegar, EVOO with a squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper for a quick and easy dressing. They are simply delicious!
Put these substitutions into practice, not just during festivities but also for life. Make it a part of your everyday diet. Good health is not something you can buy but it is something you can invest in.