5 Holiday Recipe Swaps That'll Save You Major Calories
To say that the winter holidays are food-centric would be an understatement. No matter what festivities you attend over the next few weeks, there’s bound to be a serious spread of food and a matching desire to sample all of it. And while we certainly love any excuse to indulge, we don’t necessarily adore the calories that come with it. Not to mention what all that sugar can do to our skin. But, don't worry, we’ve found a few recipe swaps that have less fat and may even give you more energy. Here are five healthful alternatives to traditional holiday fare sure to satisfy even the biggest foodie in the group.
The Swap: Quinoa and wild rice for white bread in stuffing.
The Recipe: Stuffing is probably the best part of the holiday meal—but also the least healthy. Swapping quinoa in for your traditional bread stuffing makes for a healthy indulgence with way less empty carbs. Try the super healthy and flavorful recipe from kitchentreaty.com.
Calories per serving: 156 approx.
Calories in traditional recipe per serving: 350 approx.
The Swap: Cacao nibs for milk chocolate in holiday bark.
The Recipe: Of course, you can do this for any festive loaf or cookie, but we love this particular healthy holiday bark recipe because it has the added benefit of the superfood, goji berries.
Calories per serving: 121 approx.
Calories in traditional recipe per serving: 176 approx.
Worth Every Chew
The Swap: Coconut milk for heavy cream.
The Recipe: It’s a yummy and healthy move that your stomach (and skin) will be happy about. This crustless pumpkin pie recipe has the added benefit of being gluten-free.
For more healthy pumpkin alternatives check out Nina Craig’s Pumpkin Recipes ($3).
Calories per serving: 152 approx.
Calories in traditional recipe per serving: 323 approx.
The Swap: Baked veggies for casseroles made of processed foods.
The Recipe: Skip the usual high-sodium recipes that call for canned green beans with fried onions and try a delicious roasted recipe, like these crunchy brussels sprouts.
Calories per serving: 56 approx.
Calories in traditional recipe per serving: 142 approx.
Need more inspiration? Read about the healthy carb that doubles as the perfect holiday appetizer!
This post was originally published on December 23rd, 2015.
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