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A Thinner Thanksgiving in 8 Steps: 7. Swap

I still haven’t lived the avocado chocolate chip cookies down… I mean, sure they were a bright (creepy?) shade of green, but they were tasty!! And honestly, if I could experiment with a recipe to make it healthier, I thought bringing it to the nutrition staff holiday party would be a welcoming environment. Boy was I wrong!

The holiday party was an everyone-bring-a-dish kind of luncheon. And with a room full of 50+ dietitians and dietetic technicians, you’re definitely in for some amazing foods – fresh, colorful and HEALTHY dishes.  And then you have my avocado chocolate chip cookies.

See I swapped the butter for avocado. You can do that you know.  Swap a fat for a fat.  In this case, a saturated (not so good) fat for an unsaturated (good), heart-healthy one. Yeah sure, they were an odd shade of green.  But if you didn’t look at them and just ate them, you wouldn’t know the difference!  And by doing that I made what would otherwise be a “once in a while” kind of cookie to a “why not have one every day” kind of cookie!

My dietitian friends made fun of me. Still do.  But I don’t care.  I stand by my green cookies. They tasted amazing!

When you get the hang of swapping less healthy ingredients for healthier ones, recipes take on a new life! Nothing is ever off limits.

Stop dieting, start swapping!


So my challenge to you this Thanksgiving is: what can you swap OUT of your recipe to pull down the calories/fat/sugar/salt/etc. and swap IN something healthier/lower calorie/lower fat that may even add more nutrition to your dish?

How about swapping out oil from your baked goods and swapping in applesauce?  Same ratio.  Cup for cup.  Recipe call for a cup of oil? Swap in a cup of applesauce and save 1807 calories and 216 grams of fat.

How about swapping out whole eggs and swapping in egg whites?  Just double the number.  Recipe call for 4 eggs? Swap in 8 egg whites and save 220 calories and 19 grams of fat.

This is a weird one, and not exactly health food, BUT if you’re counting calories it sure is a life saver. Swap out the eggs and the oil on a traditional box cake mix and swap in one can of diet soda.  Any kind.  Just match the color of the soda to the color of the cake.  Vanilla cake?  Diet sprite.  Chocolate cake?  Diet Dr. Pepper, Diet Root Bear, Diet Coke… it all works. Saves over 1000 calories and 100 grams of fat!  My personal favorite is a devil’s food chocolate cake mix with a can of diet coke!

Before you say I can’t eat that on my diet, think instead – can I take something out of this recipe and swap in something healthier?

Can I still have that favorite holiday/special occasion food, but make it healthier/lower calorie/lower fat by swapping in something healthier?

You can.

Most of the time, you absolutely can.

So that’s the challenge on this weight loss/come-to-Jesus-with-your-health journey… how can you still enjoy your favorite foods, but with a twist?

Who said you can’t have your favs anymore? You can!

It just takes a little tweaking.

Just think. In no time, YOU could be bringing bright green avocado chocolate chip cookies to your work party and getting nasty looks.

Exciting, no?!

A Thinner Thanksgiving in 8 Steps: 7. Swap

6. Indulge

5. Appetizers

4. Alcohol

3. Move

2. The Outfit

1. Breakfast


10 comments on “A Thinner Thanksgiving in 8 Steps: 7. Swap

  1. Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet
    November 23, 2015

    Good ideas!

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  2. crazyphatmommy
    November 23, 2015

    I so would have eaten your avocado cookies! 🙂 They sound delicious. Thanks for the great tips about swapping ingredients. I never would have thought to swap out butter for avocado but now that I know I will be giving this one a try!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. fatgirllosing0826
    November 23, 2015

    Wish you had a pic of the cookies (I’m picturing green like from the Wicked Witch of the West LOL!) Thanks for the tips, I didn’t know a couple of them!

    Liked by 1 person

    • aschetler
      November 23, 2015

      Haha yeah! They were that color green!!! I’ll be making them over the holidays, so a pixie will be added to this post at some point!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Pam
    November 23, 2015

    Diet pop actually replaces the oil and eggs??????

    Liked by 1 person

    • aschetler
      November 24, 2015

      Yesss!!! I know, it seems really odd but it works!! I make chocolate cake with Diet Coke, vanilla cake with diet Sprite, etc. just as moist as with the eggs and oil!


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  6. Julie Benson
    November 25, 2015

    I’ve done the avocado brownie recipe and it is also yummy! Tastes good if you warm it up a bit and then add a dollop of sugar free cool whip on top :). Another “swap” idea that I like is adding one can of pumpkin puree to a box of cake mix or brown mix. That’s it! Bake it and it has a pumpkin flavor, is creamy, and less calories/fat! (Plus the benefits of pumpkin nutrition). Love your blog!

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    • aschetler
      November 25, 2015

      Omg how did I forget to mention the pumpkin in a box cake!? That’s probably my favorite of all!!! Too funny… I love a can of pumpkin in a spice cake mix. Tastes like pumpkin pie!!


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