9 Tricks To Lighten Up Any Recipe (Without Losing The Flavor)

plate of cooked asparagus(BlackDoctor.org) — Does the idea of healthy eating stress you out? Choosing healthy foods is an important part of eating right, but cooking them in a healthful way is another huge part. he best kind of diet is one you can stick to — and that means finding ways to lighten up and add nutrition to your favorite recipes, instead of abandoning them.

The first step to healthier cooking is to take recipes as suggestions. Before you start chopping and mixing, scan the recipe to see if there are any unnecessary calories. Look for excess cheese, butter and oils, as well as sugars.

Here are some tasty, healthy ideas to help you makeover  your favorite recipes:

1. Sauté—the skinny way! A couple of tablespoons of  low-sodium vegetable broth can be used instead of oil or butter in your stir fry or as the basis for a sauce. This method will add a nice flavor to your dish as well as a little moisture—and you’ll save calories to use elsewhere. To get a of unsaturated fats, serve your broth-sautéed veggies with a side salad, and pour an olive oil-based dressing over the top.