- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
I never buy anything reduced fat, I do not trust it one bit. We drink whole milk, but in moderation. I maybe have a 1/2 a cup with my daily coffee & oatmeal.
Anyway, someone mentioned sweet potato mac & cheese, I’ve also done butternut squash mac and cheese. I like that it adds a vegetable and extra flavor to it. It still feels fairly decadent though!
My Fiance would kill me if he caught me using anything fat-free. He’s as thin as a rail, though, and can’t gain weight if he tries, so fat content doesn’t matter to him!
@iarebridezilla: using spaghetti squash instead of spaghetti noodles 🙂
using Braggs instead of soy sauce
plain goat yogurt for sour cream
Hemp, Almond, or Rice milk for milkshakes or recipes that call for milk
Egg white, flaxseed, and banana make wonderful paleo oatmeal (no oats!)
almond putter instead of peanut butter
egg yolk, white vinegar, dijon mustard, and lemon juice can make great paleo mayonnaise!
plaintain is an awesome sub for potato
kale, carrot, and broccoli chips are good snack replacements for regular chips
Cauliflower rice instead of white rice (need a food processor to chop up into “grains”) can taste great in stir fry!
(I only have a few cans a week, though. DH drinks it all the time. He’s gotta be one of the most horrifically unhealthy yet incredibly physically fit people I know)
I’m not a fan of buying low fat or fat-free things but I make things healthy by making a lot of vegetarian and plant-based meals!
I also love veggie burgers, here is a good recipe you can use as a base:
If they’re too sticky/won’t stay together I process regular oats and add those.
I get Cooking Light magazine and they have pretty good recipes using a lot of lower-fat or substitutions. I use the recipes but often times just use regular ingredients (butter, regular sour cream, etc). But you can go with the low fat or fat free if you really want to.
We eat largely vegan and vegetarian at our house, so we cook with lots of whole foods. We bulk up dishes with extra veggies, use tomato instead of cream sauces, use light coconut milk, and generally splurge on high-quality dairy and eggs. As good quality ingredients as we can afford, really – a little of the good stuff makes a truly satisfying dish.
I make us have a big salad for dinner atleast twice a week, one can be a shrimp or fish on top of salad…
the other a taco salad, we rarely use tortillas….
Also when I am craving a sandwich I only use one piece of bread, then cut it in half and put the meat, cheese, tomatoes on top. so I have an open faced sandwich instead of two pieces of bread.
Also I have started this new thing where I make a homemade veggie soup once a week out of vegetables, veggie stock, and a 1/4 cup vinegar
It is super healthy and really tasty! It also helps you lose weight without working out
I don’t buy low or fat free anything, and especially not dairy. fat free dairy has more sugar, and also all the good vitamins in dairy are fat soluble, so if you aren’t ingesting them with fat your body isn’t getting them. I try to just eat real foods. we have a very small amount of junk food in the house ( usually just chips or something like that) and we buy as much of food locally grown as possible. I buy organic too, but I limit that to stuff that it really matters for. Instead of buying bread and pasta sauce and all that I make it at home, it’s cheaper and that way you actually know what is in it! I also use safflower oil instead of veggie oil.
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