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Tip of the day:Substitutes for Butter or Margarine

Butter and margarine have developed an unhealthy reputation due to their saturated fat and/or trans fat content. Luckily, there are several alternatives that are friendlier to your heart.

Olive oil is a great savory substitute. Buy a flavored olive oil (like roasted garlic or red pepper), pour it into a sealable tub, and refrigerate it overnight. The next day it will have a margarine-like consistency and spread like butter. teal color pieces for formal occasion

Vegan spreads like hummus (made from chickpeas) and tahini (sesame seed paste) are highly edible substitutes, and can be found in health food stores. You can also replace butter or margarine in recipes by using olive oil for savory dishes.

Applesauce, mashed bananas, or fruit purees can replace butter in sweet treats.