Who said working hard to monitor the number of consumed calories means a total deprivation from everything sweet? Not me! Many people are unaware that by simply substituting the right ingredients the calorie count can literally decrease by the hundreds. Better yet, the sensationally sweet taste found in desserts is still retained. This article highlights four key substitutes all of which both reduce the number of calories as well as the craving.
1) Applesauce can serve as a substitute for oil when baking brownies. It is recommended that this substitution only replace fifty percent of the required oil so that the original flavor is still preserved. Yet only replacing a half of the oil can still do wonders. A cup of sweetened and unsweetened applesauce contains about 195 and 105 calories respectfully. Now compare that to a cup of oil which does not contain hundreds or even a thousand calories, but rather an exorbitant 2,015. This one, small step saves countless calories in itself.
2) When preparing pies, use frozen berries rather then canned berries for the filler. Frozen blueberries total approximately 80 calories per cup, whereas those found in a can with a heavy syrup glaze can average about 225.
3) The final baking substitutes are vanilla extract and lemon zest. These ingredients can replace sugar in a number of various recipes and are used in whatever moderation the baker sees fit. Vanilla extract and lemon zest enhance the flavor of the recipe, while avoiding the many fat calories found in sugar.
I would love to know your experiences and thoughts as you experiment with these different calorie reducers!
Published in The Enlightened Life: A community blog