Dreaming of a Light Christmas
Dec 6th, 2016
Between caroling, tree-trimming, cooking, shopping, and gift-wrapping, it can be difficult to maintain a healthy diet, especially with that last slice of apple pie taunting you from the counter. However, with just a few simple ingredient switches, holiday favorites can be lighter and healthier, making the most wonderful time of year even better! Find five tips and tricks below that will bring the dream of a lighter Christmas a reality!
Make your favorite sweet treats lighter by modifying recipes to feature less sugar. This Oatmeal Cranberry Chew recipe uses less sugar than other holiday favorites, but still maintains a full and festive flavor. Thanks to naturally sweet cranberries and hearty walnuts, your guests will never know you skimped on the sugar!
Half the Fat
For a healthier holiday option, swap out half of the cooking fat in baked goods like cakes, cookies and brownies, with plain Greek yogurt, applesauce or light sour cream. When possible eliminate butter or margarine all together and opt for smart fats like canola oil and extra virgin olive oil. This Overnight Cinnamon Roll recipe is simple and calls for only 3 tablespoons of canola oil!
Increase the fiber in some of your holiday favorites by switching out at least half of the white flour with whole wheat flour. This Pumpkin Pecan Waffle recipe is the perfect Christmas morning treat and calls for 1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour and just 2/3 cup white flour, allowing you to enjoy this seasonal breakfast dish, guilt-free.
Easily add festive flavors to your holiday dishes by incorporating seasonal produce like pomegranate, persimmon, pumpkin, pear and cranberry! It’s easy to add these fruits and veggies to salads, breads, side dishes and appetizers. This Harvest Roll recipe features sweet potatoes, making it festive in color and flavor while still high in fiber!
Choose Light Dairy
Whenever possible, switch to light versions of dairy ingredients like reduced fat cheese, light sour cream, 1/3 less fat cream cheese, fat-free half-and-half and whipped butter. This Crab Cake recipe calls for light sour cream and light mayonnaise and features a Jalapeno-Lime Sauce that is to die for, making this dish the perfect holiday main course.
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