The Podleski sisters, Janet and Greta of Eat, Shrink and Be
Merry, will be in the Ask a Host spotlight for the next three
weeks. This is your chance to ask them any food-related questions,
especially about healthier eating options. The warm weather is on
its way and I for one need help getting bikini body ready.
Today's question comes from Kate who asks:
I'm making your Shockolate
Feb's cooking club recipe) where you use sour cream and cottage
cheese to lighten the recipe. What are some other tricks you use to
make recipes healthier?
Janet and Greta: Be creative with substitutions
for mayonnaise in sandwiches. For example, try replacing fat-laden
mayonnaise in egg salad sandwiches with
fibre-filled hummus (lemon-dill hummus is
When making pizza or casseroles, use cheese with
stronger flavour so you can use less of it and still get great
taste. Try sharp cheddar, Swiss or Parmesan in sauces or
casseroles. For pizza, mix part-skim mozzarella
with freshly grated Parmesan try Monterey Jack. A little goes a
long way! Look for part-skim varieties with 40% less fat.
Substitute 2% evaporated milk for some or all of
the artery-clogging cream in soups and
Add fibre to muffins and loaves by blending
all-purpose flour with wheat bran in a 3:1 ratio (1½ cups flour
plus ½ cup wheat bran), or use high-fibre Robin Hood Nutri-Flour
Blend, which bakes like white flour but contains healthy wheat
Do you have food question for the Podleski
sisters? Don't be shy. This is your chance to tap into
their wealth of food knowledge. Please post your questions for them
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Posted: Tue, Mar 09 2010
by Catherine Jheon
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