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Recipe substitutions

Use this chart to help alter your favorite recipes in heart-healthy ways.

Instead ofUse
1 whole egg1/4 cup egg substitute
2 egg whites
1 cup butter, shortening or lard1 cup margarine
1/2 margarine plus 1/2 cup fruit puree (applesauce or prune)
1 cup oil in baked goodsequal amounts of fruit puree or applesauce
Decrease oil to 2/3 cup.
1 cup whole cream1 cup skim milk
creamevaporated skim milk
1 cup sour cream1 cup plain low fat yogurt
1 cup low fat cottage cheese blended with 1 tablespoon lemon juice, add skim milk to desired consistency
1 cup low fat sour cream
1 ounce or 1 square baking chocolate3 tablespoons powdered cocoa and 1 tablespoon oil
1 cup ice cream1 cup sherbet, frozen low fat yogurt or low fat ice cream
cream soupreduced fat or fat free cream soup
1 tablespoon cream cheese1 tablespoon light Neufchatel cheese
1 tablespoon light cream cheese or fat free cream cheese
1 ounce cheddar, Colby or Swiss cheese1 ounce cheese with 2 to 6 grams or fat (or fewer) per ounce
saltherbs or spices
In most recipes, you can cut the salt in half.

 

 

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 06/01/2007

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts