• Unsweetened applesauce is a healthier alternative than oil or butter and for many baked goods makes an excellent substitution for these fats. As a rule, cakes, quick breads, and muffins do very well with this food substitution. Cut the amount of applesauce to 3/4 the amount of oil that is called for in the recipe and adjust to what seems right for the batter. Enjoy the added health to your treat!

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  • Chia seeds provide an excellent alternative to eggs when baking. This is a great food hack for those with egg allergies or for folks who want to take in a little extra health in lieu of the fat and cholesterol found in eggs. Just 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to 3 tablespoons of water is all you need for this awesome ingredient substitution.

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  • Buttermilk is one of the more elusive kitchen staples that is often called for in recipes. The thought of buttermilk pancakes or biscuits is often appealing and even somewhat indulgent, but honestly, who keeps buttermilk in their fridge? The great news: You can substitute a couple of common ingredients, such as regular milk with lemon or vinegar, and you're good to go. Indulge!

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  • Greek yogurt is an excellent substitute for sour cream, whether in dips, salad dressings, or garnishes. You can use this substitution when baking as well, although you may need to fortify the yogurt with a little butter, depending on the recipe.

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  • Next time you have a recipe that calls for breadcrumbs, consider using rolled oats instead. Besides adding fiber and cutting carbs, you will reduce the sodium content of the breadcrumbs by 120 percent. What's more, rolled oats can be seasoned and even chopped to a texture that mimics breadcrumbs. Tip: Use a bit more rolled oats in the recipe than what is called for in breadcrumbs.

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  • Heavy cream is one of those things that may come up in a recipe but is nowhere to be found in your refrigerator. Instead of running to the grocery store, combine some milk with a little butter. If all you have on hand is skim milk, no worries—an added pinch of flour gets you right where you need to be.

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  • Choosing a salad as an entree may seem like a noble intention, but what about all of that fat-based dressing that comes with it? Suddenly, you have a salad in front of you with all the fat and calories of a bacon cheeseburger. The solution: Instead of heavy dressing, use olive oil and balsamic vinegar. You'll enter a whole new world of health and flavor, giving you salad like it was meant to be!

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