Simple recipe modifications can help cut down on calories and fat without jeopardizing the taste throughout the holiday season. Here are some tips to make your holiday dishes healthy and yet still delicious!
Offer to bring a favorite low calorie, low fat dish to holiday parties so you know there will be at least one healthy item available.
When making recipes like pumpkin pie or eggnog, reduce the amount of sugar by half and enhance "sweetness" by adding a bit more vanilla, nutmeg or cinnamon. If recipes call for sugary toppings like frosting, jams and syrup, use fresh fruit instead.
You can reduce salt by half in most recipes too. Also beware of salty condiments, such as pickles, catsup, mustard and soy sauce—use their lower sodium counterparts or offer cucumber slices and fresh tomato or fruit salsas.
In recipes, try substituting fresh herbs and flavored vinegars for salt.
In baked goods, you can cut the fat by about half and replace oil with unsweetened applesauce, prune puree or mashed banana. Instead of full-fat condensed milk, use condensed skim in pumpkin pie and eggnog. In fact, skim milk is always a good substitute for any cream or whole milk ingredient.
For gravy, refrigerate the gravy to harden fat. Skim the fat off the top. This will save a whopping 56g of fat per cup.
Sub 1 egg for 2 egg whites.
Choose fat-free options for items like sour cream or cream of mushroom.
Top casseroles with almonds instead of fried onions or candied pecans or marshmallows.
If you have diabetes, try to substitute artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, for your baked goods.
Try a skinless turkey. Removing the skin decreases the amount of fat and cholesterol.
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