Cutting calories doesn’t have to mean buying prepackaged diet plan food or completely changing the way you cook. With some simple calorie-saving ingredient substitutions, you can trim excess calories and still make your family’s favorite dishes. What can applesauce replace?
- Applesauce: When a baking recipe calls for vegetable oil, use unsweetened applesauce instead. 1/2 cup of vegetable oil = 970 calories; 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce = 53 calories.
- Wild Rice: Introduce your family to wild rice and drop 18 calories per 1-cup (99-gram) serving.
- Egg Whites: You’ll need to use twice as many — two egg whites instead of one whole egg — but you’ll save about 40 calories overall.
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