10. Commercial Baked Goods

Commercial Baked Goods

The muffins at your local grocery store or bakery are likely made with hydrogenated oils and trans fats. At home, you can bake delicious muffins and brownies using fruit purees in place of shortening or oil. Swap out oil for an equal amount of applesauce in most recipes. Experiment with applesauce in muffins, quick breads, waffles, and oatmeal cookies. Try zucchini in brownies. Used mashed banana in place of oil in muffins or breads.

9. Pizza

Pizza

A base of dough loaded with gooey cheese, fatty pepperoni or sausage, and accompanied with a side of breadsticks can wreak havoc on your cholesterol. Fortunately, there are so many pizza choices available that you can still enjoy this favorite dish if you choose wisely. Order a thin crust pizza with half the cheese, and you should be able to keep the level of saturated fats well below the daily recommended maximum. Load your pizza with veggies for fiber and heart-healthy antioxidants. Limit yourself to two slices and enjoy this treat guilt-free.

8. Microwave Popcorn

Microwave Popcorn

It’s so handy to pop a bag of popcorn in the microwave and three minutes later have a bowlful of buttery-tasting kernels ready to go. However, microwave popcorn comes steeped in hydrogenated oils and other chemicals. To enjoy the healthy whole-grain benefits of popcorn, air pop your kernels and eat it plain. For added flavor, spritz with olive oil and sprinkle on some spices. Or drizzle with melted bittersweet chocolate chips for a chocolatey flavor. Sprinkle on some nutritional yeast for the taste of cheesy goodness without the cheese.

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