A lot of us love baking during the holidays. With so many tempting treats and friend and family gatherings to attend, it’s best to make your treats as healthy as possible. We’ve got a few ideas for ingredient substitutes to make all your favorite treats healthy and delicious.
Vanilla for sugar
Cutting your sugar in half and replacing that half with vanilla extract is a great way to reduce your sugar intake while still making your treats just as sweet. Finding a good balance between the two may take some practice but the end results are very rewarding.
Whole wheat flour for white flour
In any baked good you can replace white flour with wheat flour for greater nutrients, flavor, and texture. Whole wheat flour is also high in fiber, which aids in digestion and can even lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Evaporated skim milk for cream
It’s the same consistency and although evaporated skim milk has a bit more sugar than cream it only has half the fat making it well worth the switch.
Chia seeds for butter
Chia seeds work well to substitute about half of the butter a recipe calls for. Combine 1 tablespoon chia seeds with 9 tablespoons water, let sit for 15 minutes, and you get a gel that’s the perfect consistency to stand in for fat in baking recipes.
Flax meal for eggs
Mix 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds and 3 tablespoons of water and whisk to combine. Now let it sit in the fridge for 5-10 minutes. The result ends with a perfect substitute for 1 egg in any baked recipe.
With these substitutes you’ll be sure to make any treat this year delicious and healthy. Check back later for other great cooking ingredient substitutes! Also Fitfam, nothing is better than gifting yourself, or loved one, with fitness and health. Check out our amazing holiday special for our weight loss retreat!