Add body to soups and sauces with pureed vegetables instead of heavy cream, butter or cheese. This way, you will also add fiber and nutrients to your dish. Use yogourt to replace sour cream in your dips or in a cooked dish as a thickening agent: you’ll save 35 calories for each 2-tablespoon serving.
Tasty as it might be, chicken skin contains heart-unhealthy saturated fat. 100 g of chicken breast with skin has about 180 calories; without the skin, it has 40 fewer calories. You can cook with the skin to retain moisture, but remove it before enjoying your dish.
Marinate lean meats in a mixture of vinegar/citrus with oil and a mix of herbs and spices rather than a store-bought oil-based and sodium-rich dressing. You can also try a fruit juice or wine.
As you can see, there are endless ways you can make any of your recipe healthier. In the end, you may just find that you like these new ways of cooking just as much — or even better than the old ones!