Butter Substitute? A Healthier Way To Enjoy Butter

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There are plenty of butter substitutes on the market, but usually these "diet" products have chemical or artificial ingredients in them.  They use the words "natural" and "healthy" on the label, but if you read the ingredients you will find otherwise.

olive oil and butterThe most natural alternative to butter is olive oil...a very healthy, beneficial fat, high in vitamin C and antioxidants. 

If you don't want to switch to olive oil and completely give up the taste of butter, here's a compromise my mother taught me years ago.  Combine equal parts real butter (NOT margarine or imitation spread) and olive oil.

It's really very easy, and if you use a light tasting olive oil, you won't even notice the difference in flavor.  (If you prefer more olive flavor, use a stronger oil.)

Place two sticks of butter in a bowl and leave at room temperature until softened.  Add 1 cup light extra virgin olive oil.  Mix with electric mixer until well blended.  Pour into a 2 cup container with lid and refrigerate until hard.

The calorie count is about the same. 

Olive oil is a little bit higher in total fat (14g compared to 11g in butter) but that's because it is high in mono unsaturated fat,  which is a good fat.  

Olive oil has only 2g of saturated fat compared to 7g in butter.  

Another important benefit:  olive oil has no sodium.  Compare this to the 90mg of sodium in butter.

 

 The taste of butter with added health benefits and half the guilt.  Enjoy!

 

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Rainmaker
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Sharon, you wouldn't believe but I have a whole drum of olive oil that was shipped from Italy and came from our olive trees there. Talk about fresh!

Happy Easter! and I'll be cooking with olive oil! LOL

Apr 22, 2011 04:01 PM #14
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John McCarthy
Bean Group Portsmouth NH - North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Sharon,

I wanted to tell you I was inspired by your sliced almond crusted haddock a while back. We have completely changed the way we eat since then. Some was inspired by your blog, some was inspired by my bood pressure. Nonetheless, I have lowered the BP significantly and actually lost a few unnecessary pounds in the process. Please keep up the healthy recipe series. You have made a difference!

Apr 22, 2011 05:12 PM #15
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
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Great suggestion Sharon, I'm going to Feature this in my group for everyones benefit..........thanks.

Apr 22, 2011 10:52 PM #16
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Oh yeah Sharon, these; Arnold's Select, Multi-grain Sandwich Thins.  AWESOME!  Only 100 calories, excellent source of fiber!

Apr 23, 2011 01:27 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Ellen:  That's awesome!  What a lucky lady you are.  I can only dream of having olive trees in Italy!

John:  What a wonderful thing to hear.  Thank you!  Congrats on the weight loss and improved healthy lifestyle!  I will do my best to come up with more recipes to share.

Roger:  Thanks!  Not everyone is willing to give up butter, but this way they can at least gain some benefit from it.

Laura:  Forgot to mention before that your post mentioning that you eat butter is what inspired this one!

Apr 23, 2011 02:10 AM #18
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Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

What a great tip!  If I ever start cooking again I'll be sure to use it:)

Apr 23, 2011 02:43 AM #19
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Patsy:  Too funny!  You don't have to cook to use butter!  What about popcorn, bread, veggies?  Who does your cooking?

Apr 23, 2011 04:04 AM #20
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Gerry Michaels
Glasswork Media Arts - Gettysburg, PA
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Great stuff, growing up in an Italian household, olive oil is a staple in our home. One thing about olive oil, when you cook with it, it loses all it's healthy properties. You need to use it without heating it...

Apr 24, 2011 03:35 AM #21
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
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Awe shucks Sharon!  Thanks.

Apr 24, 2011 08:56 AM #22
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Gerry:  Italians do know their olive oil!

Laura:  you are welcome!

Apr 24, 2011 01:02 PM #23
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Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Thanks for sharing - I will try your recipe sometime - have a great day :-)

Apr 24, 2011 11:32 PM #24
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Norma:  I hope you like it!

Apr 25, 2011 02:00 AM #25
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Peter Schattenfield
Turning Point Estate Services LLC - Wilton, CT
Estate Dissolution and Preparation (203)388-8092 CT.

Sharon, I do shots of olive oil every morning. Great way to start the day. A touch of sea salt helps too.

Apr 25, 2011 02:28 AM #26
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Peter:  I bet you have beautiful skin!  It's great for the complexion!

Apr 25, 2011 03:41 AM #27
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Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
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Now that is a fascinating idea, I can see how the blend would be fabulous, but I would never have thought of it!

Apr 25, 2011 05:34 PM #28
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Janna:  Credit goes to my mother, not sure if she came up with the idea or not, but I've been doing this for years ever since she told me.

Apr 26, 2011 12:50 AM #29
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Diane McDermott
Realtor®, GRI, Landis e2 Real Estate, LLC - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Real Estate Market

Sharon, I never would've thought to mix the two but I do love olive oil, will have to try this out ~ thanks for the tip!

Apr 28, 2011 10:28 AM #30
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Diane:  It's a wonderful compromise.  I hope you enjoy it!

Apr 29, 2011 12:16 PM #31
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Michael (Mike) Robinson
Broadmoor Realty, Inc. - Long Beach, CA
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I always try to use olive oil instead of butter whenever possible... it just taste healthier!

Jun 20, 2011 09:51 AM #32
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Michael:  It does make you feel healthier knowing you are actually suppying a benefit to your body instead of just satisfying the taste buds!

Jun 21, 2011 01:49 AM #33
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