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Healthy Holiday Tips & Recipes

Healthy Holidays

Holidays are a time to embrace your heritage and family traditions. As you plan your shopping list for these much-anticipated holiday meals, add healthy ingredients to your favorite recipes to make them not only tasty but good for you, too. Simple makeover tips can save calories and fat while keeping the great taste.

  • For dips and sauces, use nonfat yogurt or fat-free sour cream. Fat-free sour cream works well in dishes that don’t require heating. Use yogurt in sauces that are served warm.
  • Try evaporated skim milk instead of whole milk.
  • Use low sodium, fat-free chicken broth in your mashed potatoes to lighten fat content.
  • Top casseroles with almonds instead of fried onions.
  • Choose reduced fat cheeses for salads and casseroles.
  • Pack your shopping cart with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains.

Lighten up your meals with the following:

  • Baked Turkey – choose a plain bird over a self-basting bird to reduce sodium content. To ensure a moist bird, bake covered and unstuffed.
  • Gravy – use a gravy cup or refrigerate pan juices (to harden the fat) and skim the fat off before making gravy to save up to 56 g of fat per cup.

More tips and recipes can be found in the 2013 Holiday Healthy Eating Guide from the American Heart Association and Advocate BroMenn Medical Center.

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Healthy Holiday Recipes

Try some of the following healthy & delicious recipes to help slim down your holiday menu.(Recipes will appear in a separate window, in a printer-friendly format)

Apple Crisp Parfait Apple Stuffing Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
Cranberry Sauce Fresh Cranberry Relish Green Bean Casserole
Pumpkin Mousse Cups Pumpkin Pie Makeover Pumpkin Cookies/Pecan Bites
Old-Fashioned Herb Stuffing Sweet Potato Puffs Roast Turkey with Cranberry Stuffing
Apple Raisin Oven Pancake Baked Artichoke Dip Festive Corn Casserole
Squash & Leek Soup Holiday Gingerbread Red & White Salad
Pear & Cranberry Crisps Pumpkin Curry Soup Roasted Autumn Vegetables
Sage Stuffing Apple-Cran Cider

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