Baking can become a burden to those of us who love the taste of freshly baked goods coming out of the oven, but still want to keep our waistline under control. With a few small alterations, however, you can cut some calories out of your recipes and start feeling and looking better. The taste and texture of your newly crafted baked goods should be very similar to the fat-soaked, heavy versions you’ve been eating for years.
- Substitute Whole Wheat for White
White Flour is a refined grain that may taste delicious, but only turns into sugar (and then into fat) in your body. Substituting an equal amount of whole wheat flour will provide your body with all the nutrients that were stripped away from the white flour. Since flour makes up the majority of baked good recipes, by making this switch you will be helping yourself a great deal.
- Egg Whites for Egg Yolks
In baking recipes, you can substitute two egg whites for one egg yolk. Egg yolks are mostly fat, while egg whites are almost all muscle friendly protein. Egg replacements made from 99% egg can also be used with tasty results.
- Applesauce for Oil
Substituting applesauce for oil in baking recipes will save for a ton of calories! Oil is extremely high in fat and calories, and by making the switch to applesauce you will not only be cutting calories, you will also be adding the nutrients from apples into your diet.
- Splenda for Sugar
Replacing sugar in baking recipes and putting in Splenda will cut the amount of carbohydrates and calories in your recipe by a huge amount. Since Splenda contains no calories, but has the same amount of sweetness that sugar does, you won’t even notice a difference. Splenda can be used at high temperatures as well, so don’t be afraid to use it in your oven.
- Substitutions for Sour Cream and Milk
This one is easy and obvious. Substitute milk with skim milk and full-fat sour cream with non-fat sour cream or Greek yogurt. These small replacements will save you a belt notch, and you won’t even notice the difference in taste.
Baked goods always seem like heavy, fattening bombs waiting to be dropped into our stomachs, but they don’t have to be. With a little sugar substitution here and there, you can drastically lower the calorie and carbohydrate content of your recipes without taking out the delicious flavor.
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