Shocking Calories in Cooking Oils – Oils are stocked with calories, but how can you cook without them? Julieanna Hever, author of the “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition” (http://www.plantbaseddietitian.com), has some clever answers.
Hever says you can cut out hundreds of calories a day by cutting out oil, as most contain 120 calories per tablespoon. “And,” she adds, “it’s pure fat.”
The oils lack fiber and other nutrients, so it’s a refined, processed ingredient.
Julianna shares a lot of tips for cutting out oil, including a swap for sautéing. When a tablespoon of oil is called for, use 1/4-cup of vegetable broth instead, she says. And you may not even notice the difference.
Replacing oil can reduces calories, fat, and cholesterol. Use applesauce and other purred fruits and veggies in your baking.
Recipe for Oil Substitute
- 2 tbsp corn starch
- 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
- 1 cup water
Whisk over medium heat until cooked through.
Watch the video for more great ideas.