10 Cooking Tips to Make Your Favorite Foods Healthier (Page 2)

1. Make creamy dishes without the cream

1. Make creamy dishes without the cream

Creamy sauces like those in fettuccine alfredo or homemade macaroni and cheese are often loaded with butter, heavy cream and/or cheese. We ditch heavy cream and make velvety sauces with low-fat milk that’s thickened with flour. To make your own cream substitute: Combine 1 cup low-fat milk with 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour; whisk over medium heat until bubbling and thick. Cup for cup, thickened low-fat milk saves more than 680 calories and 53 grams saturated fat vs. heavy cream! For creamy salads, such as potato salads, opt for low-fat mayonnaise and/or reduced-fat sour cream; a blend of the two tastes great. One tablespoon regular mayo has 90 calories and 10 grams fat vs. 15 calories and 1 gram fat in low-fat mayo.

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