There are so many new and novel ways to try low-fat eating. But while going for fat-reduced or fat-free products, don't forget the easier route: making regular foods lower in fat.
- Change or adapt proportions if you need to acquire a taste for the lighter version.
- Practice other healthy eating habits, such as eating whole grain products, and eating more vegetables and fruits.
- Stock your kitchen with healthy snacks.
- Cut full-fat cheeses with lighter versions, such as nonfat or low-fat ricotta, cottage, or farmer's cheese in cooking or sandwiches. Use those products instead of cream cheese or full-fat hard cheese.
- Cut mayonnaise, sour creams, or other dressings or sauces with yogurt, broth, milk or lemon juice.
- Add lemon or vinegar to cut salad dressing, or try eating salad with only lemon or vinegar, emphasizing herbs and other seasonings for taste.
- Avoid oil by using water to cook vegetables in recipes that call for them to be sautéed or fried. Use a steamer for other cooked vegetables.
- Bake, rather than fry, such vegetables as eggplant or potatoes.
- Use mashed fruit in baking recipes, like applesauce or bananas, in place of oil or butter. Many cookbooks and boxed baking goods provide these alternative recipes.
- Freeze flavored yogurt to satisfy ice cream cravings.