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Published on December 05, 2018

holiday cookingFour Healthy Tips for Holiday Cooking

holiday cookingThe holiday season is often synonymous with large family meals. These include many side dishes and desserts that may not be the healthiest choices. Here are four healthy tips for holiday cooking: 

  • Try classic dish alternatives. Replacing certain ingredients or altering some of the classic holiday dishes is great way to help serve a healthier meal that still tastes good. The following are a few holiday dish swaps you can try: cauliflower mash instead of mashed potatoes; butternut squash in place of sweet potatoes; and stuffed baked apples instead of apple pie. For a few more ideas, visit our previous blog article.
  • Use less salt and sugar. Instead of using extra salt, mix in various herbs for more flavor and less sodium. For example, add sage while cooking your poultry, parsley to your potatoes or rosemary to your broths. You can also replace butter and cream with low fat versions or Greek yogurt.
  • Incorporate all the food groups. An example would be using and serving whole grain bread or crackers; fresh fruit; Greek yogurt or low fat milk; green-leaf salad with garbanzo beans; and a lean protein like turkey or chicken breast. 
  • Serve less. Instead of serving ham, turkey, chicken and meatballs, stick to one or two proteins for the main course and add in more vegetable sides to fill the plate. Make smaller portions for dessert and offer more fruit.

Trying new recipes can help you and your family enjoy healthier options while indulging in delicious dishes that come around this holiday season. It may also begin to usher in new healthy habits for the year to come!

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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