Tips for Healthier Holiday Meals
Fill half your plate with vegetables and fruit. Select a variety of vegetables for a great way to add color to the meal. Dish up smaller portions of meat on your plate.
Cut back on sugar. Use non-nutritive sweeteners in place of sugar for pie fillings, puddings, and cranberry sauces. You can usually reduce the amount of sugar by 1⁄4 to 1⁄3 in recipes that are high in sugar.
Lower the fat.
- Use egg whites or a nonfat egg substitute instead of whole eggs.
- Substitute a nutty cereal for half the amount of pecans in pecan pie.
- Substitute chopped vegetables for some of the bread in stuffing.
- Omit butter and margarine from stuffing recipes.
Be dessert smart. Cut pies in smaller pieces. Serve a large platter of fresh fruit along with traditional desserts. Try the Hurry-up Baked Apples for dessert. Bake fewer varieties of
cookies and bars and make them smaller. Use fat free whipped topping.