Traditional French food is high in fat, with butter as the number one ingredient; however, now a lighter, fresher way of cooking French cuisine has been introduced: "nouvelle cuisine." Nouvelle cuisine focuses on fresh ingredients with cooking methods that provide flavor without the abundance of calories and fat. For a healthier French option, consider:

  • Steamed mussels in white wine broth
  • Mixed green salad with vinaigrette dressing
  • Whole grain baguette
  • Entrées flavored with herbs, lemon and vinegar
  • Entrées with fish that is broiled or baked in a wine-based sauce
  • Ratatouille
  • Crêpes filled with flambéed cherries
  • Poached pears in wine

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