Trick your taste buds with cinnamon
Warm and comforting cinnamon is an essential spice for your pantry, and adds a natural sugar-free sweetness to any dish you use it in. While cinnamon is certainly not a substitute for sugar, a pinch in a pie or in your morning yogurt or oatmeal can trick your taste buds, which will help you cut down on other sweeteners. Plus, cinnamon has a lot of wonderful health benefits. It is said to stimulate the brain, relieve sore throats, fight fatigue, and ease stomach pain. So sweet or not, you should be using it.
Swap fatty butter with avocado
In baking recipes that call for butter, substitute about half with avocado. Be wary of the full swap, as those recipes often require the rise and fat coating that butter provides and that avocados can’t, but in savory applications -- such as cream sauces or mayonnaise-heavy dishes -- this factor is not as important. So feel free to go all in! For optimal use, make sure the avocado is nice and ripe.
To put things in perspective, the average number of calories in one cup of avocado is 234 versus the 1,627 in one cup of butter. So yeah, even that half-swap makes a difference!
Make adult potato chips
Salty, crunchy things are a life staple and a craving we shouldn’t have to deny ourselves. But they're also greasy and caloric. So instead of going for regular chips, make your own nutrient-packed alternative. Chef Roszkowski suggests tossing dark leafy greens -- like beet tops or kale -- in a small amount of oil and salt and roasting them at 350 F for 10 minutes. The result: crunchy vitamin chips. They're tastier than they sound, we swear!
*All calorie information is from the USDA