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 it all. 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 healthy holiday recipes that have less fat and may even give you more energy. Here are four 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 fewer empty carbs. Try the super healthy and flavorful recipe from Kitchen Treaty.
Calories per serving: 156 approx
Calories in traditional recipe per serving: 350 approx
The Swap: Cauliflower for mashed potatoes
The Recipe: Have you tried mashed cauliflower? It’s delicious—and way healthier (read: less starchy) than mashed potatoes. Here’s a yummy recipe.
Calories per serving: 60 approx
Calories in traditional recipe per serving: 214 approx
Worth Every Chew
The Swap: Coconut milk for heavy cream
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 23, 2015.
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