By Dr. Janet Brill
Let’s face it; there are certain foods that should be eaten only on special occasions. An entire thick and meaty slab of barbequed ribs, a full-fat ice cream hot fudge Sunday dripping in real whipped cream, a plate of Chicken Kiev oozing real butter… Comfort foods yes, everyday foods, absolutely not. This is because these foods are simply too high in calories, bad fats and salt to foster good health—if eaten on a regular basis.
The key to eating well and living well is to save your favorite “red light foods” for special occasions and SUBSTITUTE healthier foods for your everyday splurges.
For example, if you love crème brulee (which packs in about 350 calories, 17 grams of saturated fat and 235 mg of cholesterol –thanks to the heavy cream and egg yolks– in a serving), try my oatmeal brulee instead (a serving contains 0 cholesterol and a mere 0.5 gram of saturated fat) plus a host of additional heart-healthy ingredients. Top with fat-free whipped cream and you have a delicious and nutritious substitute for the real thing.