1. Use condensed low-fat milk instead of whole milk.
2. Try ground chicken or turkey instead of beef.
3. Mix whole-wheat and white grains.
4. Use egg yolks sparingly.
5. Use dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.

6. Use olive oil instead of butter.

7. Use nonfat sour cream.

There was a time when artificial sweeteners were reserved for coffee, diet soda, and sugarless candy. Now you can use them when you’re baking cookies or cakes. In fact, changing the ingredients in recipes to fit your diet is common, easy, and tasty, says Riska Platt, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association. "The biggest mistake I see is when people eliminate anything that’s not good for them from a recipe," says Platt, who works with chefs in New York City to help them develop healthier meal options. Instead, substitute fatty ingredients with healthy, lower-calorie ingredients. Use the above seven ways to lose the fat but not the flavor.