Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Whether You're Battling the Holiday Bulge or Just Dealing with Dietary Restriction We have Substitutions to Simplify

We all know that the holidays have a habit of bringing more than just cheer.  If you're like most of America you could be looking at putting on an extra 5-7 pounds of seasonal "fluffing" between Thanksgiving and New Years! I know, "gasp" right? However, while most of us are lamenting over our choice to consume the yearly irresistible treats many of our friends and families are being deprived of the same deliciously horrible guilt.   As they deal with their dietary restrictions they can only watch longingly as we are offered an endless variety of sweet things and baked goods.  So whether you're trying to keep a trimmer figure then Mr. & Mrs. Clause this season or your dealing with dietary struggles the Chocolate Mousse is here for you!

Below are some of my favorite substitute suggestions that will both help you eat your holiday cheer without fear and/or fight back the holiday bulge so you can ring in the new year without a bigger rear.

FLOUR (1 Cup)

To increase nutrients and fiber content mix 1/2 cup wheat flour with 1/2 white flour

Go gluten free
1/3 cup Rice Flour
1/3 cup Millet Flour
1/3 Almond Meal


Reduce sugar content by half by using 1 cup apple sauce to replace 1 cup of white sugar

No brown sugar? Use 1 cup white sugar, 2 TBS Molasses

Ran out of Confectioners sugar? Use 1 cup white sugar and 1 TBS cornstarch, grind well in food processor

FAT  (1 Cup)

No butter? No problem! Reduce the fat and calories by half with these two substitutes:

1 cup mashed avocado (also fun as it will give your recipe a green may want to warn your friends in advance)

1 cup mashed bananas

Out of oil? Try this:

1 cup stiffly beaten egg whites ( I find verbally abusing them doesn't really change the consistency but it often makes me feel better)

1 cup Greek yogurt (no beating required here, yogurt is already well behaved)

Dairy (1 Cup)

Heavy Cream: Cut calories and fat by using 1 cup evaporated milk

Buttermilk: 1 cup milk, 1 TBS lemon juice OR vinegar

Leavener (1tsp) (This is the stuff that makes your baked goods rise or, if you're seven year old, your school volcano go boom!)

Baking Powder: 1/3 tsp baking soda and 1/2 cream of tarter

Baking Soda: 4 tsp baking powder

Cream of Tartar: 1tsp lemon juice

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