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Cut down on fat— not on taste!

Protect your family’s heart health by serving foods low in fat and saturated fat.

 

Buy lower fat foods

Skim or 1% milk; Low fat or fat free cheeses, sour cream, salad dressing, and mayonnaise ; Fish and chicken or turkey without the skin. Lean cuts of meat instead of fatty meats; Fruits, vegetables, and grains like beans, rice, corn tortillas, and pasta.

 

Cook with less fat

Bake, broil, or boil instead of frying; Use a nonstick pan with cooking oil spray; Use only a little bit of vegetable oil or margarine instead of lard, shortening, or butter; Cook beans and rice without lard, bacon, or other fatty meats. Season the beans with green pepper, onion, garlic, oregano, or cilantro.

 

Throw the fat away

Cut the fat off beef and pork before you cook; Remove the skin from the chicken and turkey before you eat; Drain the fat from meats after you cook; Cool soups and gravies and skim the fat off with a spoon before you reheat them.

 

Check how you will try to eat less fat

Eat fruit instead of fatty desserts such as flan, ice cream, or cakes; Drink skim or 1% milk. Buy cheeses marked “low fat” or “fat free;” Bake, broil, or boil chicken instead of frying it; Remove the skin from chicken. (SOURCE: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)

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