Better Than Butter: Smart Substitutions to Try

Americans eat more butter than ever before. Like other indulgences, butter can be part of a meal plan in limited amounts, but if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s best to find healthier substitutions. Luckily, there are plenty of alternatives to choose from when you’re following a medical weight loss program in Mt. Kisco or the surrounding Westchester County. Baking recipes tend to be forgiving when it comes to substitutions, so try low-fat or nonfat Greek yogurt instead of butter. You could also swap out butter in favor of applesauce, avocado, buttermilk, or pumpkin puree. Experiment with making your own fruit purees. You could use prune puree in darkly colored baked goods, such as brownies or gingerbread.

To support your weight loss, you’re probably consuming more vegetables. You can drizzle a little olive oil on sautéed vegetables. Use flavorful spices like turmeric and garlic powder to compensate for the absence of the butter flavor. In lieu of buttering your toast, spread on a little avocado. Add some reduced-salt chicken stock to mashed potatoes. Given the stronger flavor of the chicken stock, you probably won’t even notice the lack of butter.

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