Healthy Food Swaps: Eat This Cheese and Shed Pounds

Eat healthy in a completely new way: Instead of cutting foods out, try adding new ones to your diet. Boost the nutritional value of your favorite recipes without sacrificing flavor by swapping some of your usual ingredients for these superfoods (10 Photos)

Regan Burns Cafisco on Jan 16, 2013 at 10:46AM

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Healthy Food Swaps: Eat This Cheese and Shed Pounds

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Instead of Mayonnaise, Try Avocado

For many, a sandwich is not complete without a smear of creamy mayonnaise. Purchased mayo is filled with fat and calories — in fact, nearly 100 percent of its total calories come from fat! Try substituting mashed or thinly-sliced avocado for this classic spread. It's just as creamy, but the fat in avocados is of the healthy variety — plus, there's half as much of it in a serving of avocado, which means half as many calories. Avocados are also an excellent source of both folate and vitamin E — essential for healthy skin and hair. Mix in a little salt and lemon juice to replicate the tanginess of mayo. You can also use avocado (mixed with a little fat-free plain yogurt) instead of mayonnaise and sour cream in recipes for creamy dips or deviled eggs.

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