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Potato Latkes

Potato latkes, or pancakes, are a traditional Chanukah treat, but like many holiday foods, they are high in fat and calories. We've taken a traditional fried potato latke recipe and given it a face-lift. With a few simple changes by FoodFit Executive Chef Bonnie Moore, we were able to cut more than 50 calories per serving and reduced the fat by a whopping 22 percent! By simply changing the cooking method from deep-frying in oil to pan-frying with cooking spray, you can significantly reduce the calories and fat.

Bonnie was able to make these changes by:

  • Cutting out the cooking oil and using olive oil spray instead. In traditional latkes, the oil used for frying contributes to almost all the fat.
  • Adding teaspoon of baking powder for fluffier pancakes.
  • Using egg substitutes and egg whites instead of whole eggs, which are high in cholesterol and fat.
  • Replacing full fat sour cream with non-fat or low fat sour cream.

Main Ingredients
4 Whole eggs
cup canola oil
Sour cream

Main Ingredients
TSP baking powder
Egg substitute or 2 whole eggs
plus 4 whites
Olive oil spray (or 2 TBSP olive oil)
Non-fat or low fat sour cream

   

Calories: 230
Fat: 12 g
Saturated Fat: 3 g
Cholesterol: 113 mg
Percent calories from fat: 47%

Calories: 178
Fat: 1 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Percent calories from fat: 5%

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