Not another New Year's resolution and even worse ' not in MY kitchen! Well, I have to be honest; all the talk about New Year's resolutions is just another part of the holidays. So many of us make 'em and break 'em and just that alone is routine enough to call it another family tradition. I have heard enough about 'start small' and 'make little changes' that I think even I can handle that!

After all, it IS the little things that add up to make BIG changes! So how can anyone make a few little changes that can have some big bang? Make some changes in your cooking habits, which will immediately impact your eating habits and lead to a positive outcome in your New Year's Healthy Eating Resolutions ' start here.

Replace full fat food with a lower fat substitute.

Mayonnaise replaced by sour cream or plain nonfat/low-fat yogurt.

Sour Cream replaced by Plain Yogurt.

A Whole Egg replaced by two egg whites or 1/4 cup egg substitute.

Fat (Shortening/Oil) replaced by equal amounts of fruit puree or applesauce.

Whipping Cream replaced by evaporated skim milk cream.

Traditional ingredient replaced by a healthy substitute:

1 ounce chocolate replaced by 3 Tablespoons cocoa.

Butter replaced by Canola oil, mild olive oil.

Cream or Whole Milk replaced by Skim or low fat Milk.

Ice Cream replaced by Frozen Yogurt.

Cream Cheese replaced by Low Fat Ricotta.

One special note ' when adjusting a recipe for low fat or healthier options ' you should not change out more than one ingredient per recipe. Choose the best item to switch for a low fat or healthier option and leave the other ingredients alone. Too many recipe changes can make the recipe fail.

Golden Pound Cake

2 Cups All-purpose Flour

1 Cup Sugar (or sugar substitute)

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon Salt

3/4 Cup Milk

1/4 Cup Shortening

1/4 Cup Butter or Margarine softened

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

Heat Oven to 350 degrees, Grease and flour loaf pan, 9x5x3 inches or two loaf pans, 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches or an 8-cup bundt pan. Measure and mix all ingredients into large bowl. Blend for a half minute on low speed, scraping bowl constantly. Beat three minutes on high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan(s). Bake loaf about 65 minutes, bundt about 50 minutes.

Sugar-Free Option: I use Equal Spoonful (Aspartame). It does not break down like other artificial sweeteners do. One cup of sugar equals 1 cup of Equal Spoonful.

Fruit Added Option: Add 1/2 mix to pan then top with a can of sliced peaches (after draining all juice first) or fresh apple slices (after pealing and coring and slicing thinly) and then add the remaining 1/2 of batter to the top.

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