This post was written by VT Dietetic students Amanda Carter, Erica L Hess, Kim Colicchio, and Kelly Richards.
Being a mother is never an easy feat! Every mother wants their child to be strong and healthy. One way to ensure your child grows up healthy is to prepare your meals at home with oils instead of solid fats, like butter and margarine.
Oils are an essential part of our diet. Canola oil is one of the best fats to use for cooking! Using canola oil in place of butter or margarine can add heart-healthy, monounsaturated fats to your diet. It also has a good amount of Omega-3 fats. Lastly, canola oil is usually cheaper than other oils, so it can be a great alternative if you are on a tight budget!
It’s easy to incorporate canola oil into your diet. Oils are a great alternative to solid fats and can help your family become heart healthy! If you are going to use butter, reach for the oil instead. Canola oil has a neutral flavor and is great to cook with. You can also use oil to make your own salad dressings! Homemade salad dressing is simple to make and will help save money.
These MyPlate, MyWins tips from VT Dietetic students will help you to make these changes more easily!
Erica: “I love to use canola oil to make my own salad dressings. Not only does it taste great, but it is a much cheaper option than buying name brand dressings from the store. “
Kelly: “I used to make my vegetable stir fry with butter, but now I use canola oil. The stir fry still tastes great and it provides me with healthier fats!”
Amanda: “I choose to use canola oil because it is a cheaper option than other healthy oils, but does not sacrifice the flavor. “
Kim: “I started substituting canola oil for (melted) butter or margarine when I bake because it provides the same great taste with less of the guilt.”
What changes have your family made to live more heart healthy?