It's easy to get into a food rut. From eating the same cereal for breakfast to always packing the same sandwich for lunch or making the same rotation of dinners at home, everyone can use some new healthy recipes from time to time! While SHAPE has a number of delicious low-fat recipes, there are a ton of other sites out there that have enough recipes for you to make a new dish for every day of the year!

One such site is Kraft Foods recipes site. While the site does feature quite a few healthy recipes, there are others on there that you have to be a little savvy with to make them better for you. To help you do just that, we've put the following tips together!

How to Lighten Any Kraft Foods Recipe

1. Add veggies whenever possible. Whether it's starting your meal with a salad, adding a side of roasted veggies or even adding broccoli, zucchini or carrot to a main dish like pasta, look at every Kraft Foods recipe like a detective, asking yourself, "How can I add more veggies to this dish?"

2. Substitute healthier ingredients when possible. Substitutions are one of the best ways to lighten a Kraft Foods recipe. If it calls for full-fat sour cream, substitute plain nonfat Greek yogurt. It the recipe wants full-fat cheese, try a low-fat version. Making something with white flour? Sub in whole-wheat flour. And don't be afraid to use a brand other than Kraft Foods. Sure, the recipe is intended for you to use a Kraft Foods product, but most times other brands will work just fine, too.

3. Split portion sizes. The Kraft Foods recipes generally give you pretty decent-sized portion sizes. Consider eating a little less than the recipe's designated portion size, and instead fill up on those veggies!


Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites and A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.