Eat your way slim
If you’re like me, you’ve had a few too many sweets this past week! And by a few, I’m being generous (to myself)!
SparkPeople posted an excellent guide to 10 ways to lighten your meal, by making simple modifications to your favourite recipes » These are particularly helpful for those of us meat lovers that have been inundated with turkey and ham.
- Sauté using low-sodium vegetable broth. Freezing them in cubes is helpful.
- Say no to the skin, although when it comes out of the oven a juicy golden brown …
- Use citrus to brighten the flavour of dishes. A lemon wedge as a garnish, or lime zest or juice on a salad are just two examples.
- Use less of a sharp flavoured cheese.
- Switch to low-fat Greek yogurt. I’m a huge fan of the PC brand and mix it with dry Ezekiel cereal and unsweetened stewed fruit.
- Use pureed vegetables to thicken your broth instead of cream or a roux. Chef Meg uses pureed beans to thicken her taco soup » Roasted sweet onion and garlic also work extremely well with Greek yogurt as a dip to serve with a fresh vegetable platter.
- Low sodium cottage cheese is a great substitute for many soft cheeses that would otherwise be packed with fats.
- The opportunities for adding veggies are endless for almost any dish and are an excellent source of both fibre and natural/low glycemic carbs.
- Cut out cream from your coffee and soups. Try skim milk, or even a fat-free cream.
- Make your own marinade using vinegar and citrus combos (with a bit of oil added), or try a fruit juice or wine.
Some of these seem obvious but others are easy to incorporate into your diet. There is a similar post for quick substitutes and cooking methods in Mexican dishes »