It’s hard to make heart healthy recipes when all the delicious recipes call for the most unhealthy ingredients.
You love baking, but you don’t feel like you can do it without all the butter and sugar and oil! Not to mention the eggs and flour, which aren’t totally harmless.
Don’t you fret! We have simple, heart healthy baking substitutes that will be easy on your kitchen and on your heart.
All-Purpose Flour→ Replace with whole wheat flour, or go halfsies by using half oat bran and half flour! This adds fiber and oat bran is known for naturally lowering cholesterol. Take a step further and try out flaxseed when baking bread or muffins, which will also add omega-3s.
Eggs→ If a recipe calls for one whole egg, you can substitute it for two egg whites. The yolk of an egg can contain unwanted fats and cholesterol for someone already struggling with cholesterol levels.
Butter→ reduce the amount of saturated fats by substituting butter and oil with Unsweetened Applesauce. This adds fiber and vitamin C, while cutting unnecessary fats. Also use vegetable oil or olive oil spread, which are trans-fat free, and contain heart healthy omega-3 fats.
Whole Milk or Heavy Cream→ Skim Milk or Reduced Fat Milk
Baking Powder→ Use a sodium-free baking powder instead.
Refined Sugar→ Agave Nectar, Coconut Sugar, Honey, Stevia, Date Sugar
Healthy Add-Ons: Adding any of these to a recipe will not only make your baked goods more delicious, they will add healthy nutrients as well!
Walnuts→ folate, magnesium, fiber, vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, polyunsaturated fats
Almonds→ omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, fiber, magnesium
Soy Milk→ B-complex vitamins, niacin, folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium
Dark Chocolate→The REALLY dark stuff. Using chocolate containing 70% or higher cocoa content has been shown to naturally lower blood pressure.