Recipe Modification

Do you have a favorite recipe? Do you want to make it healthier? Most recipes can be adapted to decrease the amount of sugar, salt, and fat and increase some healthier options such as fruits and vegetables. If you want to modify a recipe- it may take some time. Try modifying one thing at a time. Here are a few tips you can try at home.

If the Recipe Calls for:Try Using This:
Butter/Margarine Substitute applesauce for one-half of the butter or margarine in cookies/cakes Applesauce is low is potassium/phosphorus.
Ground Meat Try lean ground turkey for all or part of ground beef in recipes
Such as Meatballs, Burgers, or Meatloaf
Whole Milk Use fat-free or 1% milk rather than whole milk Remember if you are on dialysis- discuss this milk options with your dietitian.
You may want to try Rice Milk.
Whole Egg ¼ cup egg substitute or 2 egg white for most baked goods and omelets
Sour Cream Use low fat sour cream or low fat yogurt
Sugar Use up to 1/3 less sugar in traditional recipes for most baked goods
Salt Use herbs (1 tbsp. fresh= 1 tsp. dried = ¼ tsp. powder) Salt is required when baking yeast-leavened items. Otherwise you may reduce salt by half in cookies and bars.

Healthier Cooking Options:
Remove the skin from poultry and trim off the fat.
Trim off all visible fats from meats.
Bake, broil or roast meat rather than frying.
Use oil based salad dressings instead of creamy dressings.
Try adding more vegetables when eating pizza!
Add whole fruit to yogurt, cereal and pancakes.
Add chopped up apples, raisins or prunes to cookies, cakes and breads.
Use brown rice or whole wheat pasta instead of white rice or white pasta.

If you have any questions on how to make your recipe healthier- Ask our Dietitian at

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