This Better.TV video talks about ways to eat healthier with Sue Perry.
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Ways to Eat Healthier Better Audra: When you try and diet and restrict yourself from your favorite foods most of the time you end up falling backwards just starting from square one all over again. Well in the March issue of Shop Smart Magazine they have some great ways to enjoy your favorite recipes all by simply making a few healthy food swaps that are going to have the same taste, same consistency but half the fat and calories. Deputy Editor of Shop Smart Magazine Sue Perry is here and she’s got a few examples for us ones that are going to surprise a lot of people right Sue. Sue: They surprise me. Audra: Yeah. Good to have you back. Alright so these are things that we should be looking for in a supermarket. Staples that did you not take a lot of time to figure out, right. Sue: No, not at all and they really are healthier substitutions the first things that you probably already cook with. Audra: Yeah, okay so the first we’re going to start off with is instead of using heavy cream what should we be swapping that out. Sue: Evaporate milk, something that my grandmother always have on the shelf when I used to think oh my gosh you know there was a reason for that. Audra: Yeah. Sue: Everything that heavy cream can do. Evaporated milk can do to and it evens whips if it’s really chilled. Audra: Okay. Sue: And what you’re going to be doing is saving over half the calories and the fat. This only has 2 grams of fat for a half cup and if you have the same ½ cup of heavy cream that’s 40 grams of fat. Audra: And a suggested dish you guys see that it helps to cut the calories and the fat and things like rice pudding for example right? Sue: Rice pudding or I love creamy pasta sauces so all I would have to do is substitute my favorite recipes and use evaporated milk instead of cream for putting much any recipe. Audra: Okay now I have to admit I love using baking chocolate but instead of doing that you’ve got the cocoa over there right. Sue: We have the cocoa and the reason we say lighten up your baking because you know a brownies and cakes are not exactly healthy things but we like them. Audra: Yes. Sue: And this only has 10 calories a tablespoon and when you use one of those little squares of baking chocolate that’s 70 calories and about almost 5 grams of fat and this has half a gram of fat. Audra: Go it. Sue: So you can use it in brownies, you can use it in flourless chocolate cakes and meringues. Pretty much I mean obviously cocoa but pretty much in all of your baking you can even make choco frosting with this. Audra: Okay, not bad. Now I know that a lot of people don’t eat meat so instead of using bacon you’ve got a different alternative. Sue: This is my favorite because I don’t eat meat and when I discovered this it changed my life because this is take a little wiff, this is smoked salt. Audra: Oh wow. Oh my God. Sue: Is that amazing? It’s what you’re getting is that smoky satisfaction of bacon but you’re getting it in seasonings. Audra: Okay. Sue: Now you have to watch sodium. The salt is probably not the way to go but you can get smoked peppers, smoked paprika which I brought along and if you like it hot you can get smoked chili peppers and what I like to do is a little pinch of this in my scrambled eggs. I don’t need the a slab or a bacon on the side. Audra: I know it sounds like the grill. Sue: Exactly. It doesn’t. Audra: So we have about a minute left so I definitely want to try to get through one more here. Instead of using ground beef you suggest using canned beans. Sue: Canned beans, they’re sheep, their meaty and they have a meaty satisfying chewy texture and consistency so when you’re cooking with meat like stews and soups you can substitute half and put beans in now we’re going to salad season these make great bases for all kinds of salads. Audra: Interesting and instead of using butter Dijon mustard right? Sue: It’s a sauce already built in sauce. Put that on your steamed fillet of fis