Thursday, February 07, 2013
If you've read my previous posts, you know I love food. If you haven't, here's a little background. I have worked in the restaurant biz my whole life, and went to culinary school to boot. I'm a big foodie. I'm also a big fan of that fact the many restaurants and ready-made food companies are becoming more aware of health, and making healthier, better-for-you choices more available and yummier to eat.
I am not one of those people that can just cut out foods I like. I know my weakness lies in portion control. For some reason I think I need to eat giant amounts of things. I also love to bake, so whenever I bake a cake or anything that sits around my house.... forget about it.
Here's a few of my new faves.
Healthy Choice Greek frozen yogurt-raspberry-
The greek yogurt has the creaminess I crave with ice cream, that regular frozen yogurts don't usually have. Plus, it comes in a perfect 100 cal portion, so the temptation to flll your bowl more than you should is gone.
Skinny Cow Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Sandwiches
OMGosh! Amazing. I would have never believed this was only 150 calories. Totally worth it.
I only tried these because Target was having a deal-if you buy 6 lean cuisine meals you get a free pack of these. I am hooked. These will probably be in my freezer forever!
Chili's Sweet and Spicy Chicken
MMMM. This is on the lighter choices menu.
I love going out to eat, but I usually don't want to order something like this, because I feel like I am missing out on something. It is a perfect light meal. The chicken is very flavorful. You don't feel like you are missing out with this option.
Cooking and Baking substitutes
I have recently used greek yogurt to substitute cream or sour cream in mashed potatoes. Yum. The creaminess is perfect, and if you replace it for all the cream/milk it gives it a nice tang, and almost tastes like cheesy mashed. (Just make sure the pan isn't too hot when adding it, or you will curdle it. )
I have also used greek yogurt in cake mixes by replacing all or some of the oil. Unsweetened applesauce also works great for replacing the oil. I will also sometimes replace the greek yogurt for some of the egg yolks. I do not like the texture if you use only egg whites, so I will use 1 whole egg, and 2 whites, and 2 tbsp of greek yogurt or applesauce-so as to not loose any of the moisture.
If you are new to substituting, and a little sheepish about it-start small. Replace 1/2 the oil, or milk. If you like the flavor, slowly increase the amount you replace.