Time for a Makeover

by Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Time for a Makeover

Ready to decrease calories, fat, especially saturated fat, trans fat or sodium … or boost calcium, fiber or other nutrients? You can transform almost any recipe, even Mom's specialties. A few subtle modifications may improve their nutrition content without much flavor change. Experiment more dramatically by adding more fruits, vegetables or whole grains to recipes!

Chefs and test-kitchen experts change recipes all the time. There's nothing sacred about most recipes (except perhaps Mom's). Recipes get altered when new ingredients come on the market, when cooking equipment changes, when consumers want recipe shortcuts, when ingredients are in or out of season or become more or less costly, when consumers shift food preferences and when nutrition and health issues arise.

In your own "test kitchen," you can modify recipes in several ways: change the ingredients, modify the way the recipes are prepared, cut portion sizes or do all three. Even one or two small recipe changes can net a significant difference in the nutrition content.

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About the author:

Roberta L Duyff MS RDN FAND

Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Author of "Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Fourth Edition" and "365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association" (both published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey).




  • Cook healthy

    Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.

  • Eat right

    Sit down together as a family to enjoy a wonderful meal and the opportunity to share the day's experiences with one another.

  • Shop smart

    To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the food that will appear at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.

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