Eating for a healthy heart doesn’t have to mean giving up the foods you love. There are ways to lighten up your favorite recipes. You can substitute ingredients for lower-calorie, heart-healthy treats. Here are six tips from the American Heart Association:
- Replace half the butter or shortening in baked goods with natural applesauce or fat-free plain yogurt.
- Use low-fat or skim milk instead of whole or heavy cream.
- Use half white and half whole-wheat flour when baking.
- Use olive oil or coconut oil instead of butter, lard or shortening.
- Use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef or pork.
- Check labels of condiments, broth and other pantry items and choose those with lower sodium.