Cooking Light: Low-Fat Techniques

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And that's just the beginning. You can also steam, bake, grill, braise, boil or microwave your food. Add extra vegetables to your meals wherever you see fit. To add flavor but not fat to your food, opt for fresh or dried herbs to kick things up a notch. When baking, choose applesauce over butter. Other smart substitutions include yogurt cheese over cream cheese and cottage cheese over sour cream. In place of whole milk, use fat free or one percent milk. Splenda makes a healthy substitute for sugar. If you're preparing a pie, go for a graham cracker crust instead of traditional pie crusts which are often prepared with high-fat shortening. For recipes that call for canned fruit, select brands that are made in water or their own juices. By using a bunch of small changes, you can reap big rewards.