Holiday Food Swap: Healthier Choices for Your Seasonal Snacks
This year, make some easy substitutions to give your family a holiday treat that’s both delicious and healthy.
Cut the Carbs
Holiday Classic: Mashed Potatoes
This side dish may be loaded with flavor, but it’s also loaded with carbohydrates.
Seasonal Substitution: Mashed Cauliflower
Mashed cauliflower is just as tasty, but with fewer carbs. You can even top it with chives for some extra zest.
Holiday Classic: Stuffing with Bread
Traditional stuffing is made with croutons or cubed bread—lots and lots of it. And whether you go with white or wheat, you’ll be making a dish full of carbs.
Seasonal Substitute: Stuffing with Vegetables
Swapping out the bread cubes for diced veggies like red onion, yellow squash, and green celery will make a colorful, low-carb alternative for your table.
Forego the Fat
Holiday Classic: Cake
Whether it’s a pound cake, chocolate cake, or yellow cake, many holiday cakes are filled with eggs and butter—two high-fat ingredients.
Seasonal Substitution: Angel Food Cake
With no butter and only egg whites instead of whole eggs, Angel Food Cake is a lighter, lower-fat option.
Swap the Sugar
Holiday Classic: Brownies
These sweet, chocolaty treats are a staple of dessert tables everywhere. But some common recipes are loaded with sugar.
Seasonal Substitution: Dark Chocolate
If you still need to satisfy your cocoa craving, try a square of dark chocolate (70% cocoa). It has much less sugar than milk chocolate and baked goods.
Holiday Classic: Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry sauce is as simple as it is sweet. All you have to do is mix together cranberries, an orange—and lots of sugar.
Seasonal Substitution: Cranberry Chutney
Cranberry chutney uses half the sugar of a traditional sauce, but packs in the flavor with a variety of fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
Make a List, Check It Twice
As you’re planning out the holiday menu, double-check each recipe to see if you can make any other healthy swaps.