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Healthy Substitute for Whipping Cream

by
author image Carolyn Robbins
Carolyn Robbins began writing in 2006. Her work appears on various websites and covers various topics including neuroscience, physiology, nutrition and fitness. Robbins graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology and theology from Saint Vincent College.
Healthy Substitute for Whipping Cream
Cream topping on a cup of coffee. Photo Credit Eising/Photodisc/Getty Images

A dollop of whipped cream on top of a piece of pie is decadently delicious, but really bad for your waistline. A single tablespoon of whipping cream has more than 50 calories and 5.5 grams of fat; 3.4 grams are saturated fat, which is a hazard for your heart health. Fortunately, several easy substitutes exist that you can make with ingredients from your kitchen.

Whip It

Heavy cream whips into high-peaked fluff because of its fat content. You can make something similar -- although not as thick -- when you blend skim milk and a couple of ice cubes in your blender. The ice crystals give the milk structure and blending incorporates air into the liquid. Add a drop or two of vanilla or orange extract for a hint of flavor. Prepared with half a cup of milk and a few ice cubes, whipped milk has just over 50 calories in 210 grams.

Cream Sauces and Rich Desserts

Heavy cream is a lot easier to replace when you don't need it whipped. For sauces that call for cream, whisk skim milk with a few teaspoons of cornstarch as a thickener. For baked goods, use low-fat, plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese whisked together with non-fat milk powder. A vegan substitute is tofu blended with soy milk.

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