Cutting calories to improve the nutrition of any recipe can be a simple matter of choice

Choose foods that are healthy and use a recipe that you can “skim down the caloric intake”. Examples of high calorie items include cheese, butter, oils and sugars.

1. Sauté using low-sodium vegetable broth instead of oil or butter in your stir fry or as a sauce base.

2. Say no to skin on your chicken or add fresh herbs or citrus zest underneath the skin to really bake in some flavor. If you do this, be sure to remove the skin to save on calories and saturated fat.

3. Squeeze citrus on steamed veggies instead of using butter or dressing for healthy eating.

4. Pick a cheese with intense flavor which will limit the amount you need. Try a reduced-sodium feta, sharp Cheddar or aged Parmesan.

5. Fat-free Greek yogurt is a healthy replacement for sour cream. Try this in herbed and spiced dips, tacos, nachos, enchiladas, or throw it in a cooked dish as a thickening agent.

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