October 15, 2008

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By Frances A. Largeman-Roth, RD
From Health magazine
Can’t quit comfort foods? Use these tips to lighten up your favorites.

Lighter, luscious mashed potatoes.
Choose Yukon Gold potatoes for their buttery flavor. And use low-fat buttermilk to get the health benefits of low-fat milk and a tangy kick, too.

Delicious and healthy mac-and-cheese.
Use 1% low-fat milk instead of whole and just 6 ounces of cheese. For a tasty, low-fat crust, top your mac and cheese with breadcrumbs.

Better-for-you brownies.
Start with your favorite brownie mix, and cut the oil down to 2 tablespoons. Make up for lost moisture by adding 1 tablespoon of chopped dates, which actually make the brownies fudgier. Bake in an 11- by 7-inch pan, and cut the brownies into smaller squares. (Aim for 20 or 24 brownies, instead of 16.)

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