Top Tips for Cooking and Eating with Less Calories

Top Tips for Cooking and Eating with Less Calories

05 Jan 2014

Skip the butter, swap out starchy carbs and you'll be on the way to a smaller dress size

DON'T

Use all the yolks. Making scrambled eggs, omelette or frittata? Use two egg whites and one yolk per person. An egg yolk has about 50 calories and 4g of fat depending on the size. 

DO

Use a stronger flavoured cheese, like Parmesan or manchego, you'll end up eating less of it compared with mild cheeses like edam or gouda.

DON'T

Pour oil into your pan or over your food. Put it in a spray bottle and you’ll get more coverage for less calories.

DO

Make your own stock, but leave it to cool overnight. The fat will solidify on top and you can scoop it off.

DO

Swop your starchy mashed potato toppings for a mixture of mashed parsnips, carrots and sweet potatoes. It has less calories and it’ll totally revamp your shepherd’s pie!

DON'T

Cook with full fat milk. Use skimmed milk and corn starch to make white sauces. In fact, use low-fat dairy in all your recipes. 

DO

A meat-free Monday. Introduce a vegetarian day (or two) and you’ll cut out a good measure of saturated fat and in the long-run reduce your risk of heart disease.

DO

Replace half the amount of butter required with apple sauce, egg whites or plain yoghurt when baking cookies.