Simple ingredient swaps will reduce the number of calories in your holiday meal. It’s easy to tweak the menu to cut calories and unhealthy fats without sacrificing taste. Follow these food swaps for a healthier holiday menu.
Mashed Potatoes → Cauliflower Mash, recipe HERE
Cut calories and empty carbs by swapping mashed potatoes with cauliflower mash. Season and mash cauliflower for a healthier alternative to carb-heavy and dairy-rich mashed potatoes. Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich. Eating cauliflower provides your body with vitamin C, vitamin K, and beta-carotene while supporting healthy digestion. Cruciferous vegetables provide your daily intake of fiber and protein. Give it a try! It’s a similar creamy texture to potatoes minus the weight gain.
Green Bean Casserole →Sautéed Green Beans, recipe HERE
Green bean casserole is a holiday classic, but with the heavy dairy, salt, and fried onions, this dish is far from wholesome. Instead, sauté green beans in olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper, for a savory, fiber-packed side vegetable. Green beans contain vitamin C and A, protein, fiber, and no cholesterol—a perfect dish when you’re watching your waistline.
Sweet Potato Casserole →Roasted Sweet Potatoes, recipe HERE
Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A and antioxidants, but holiday sweet potato casseroles loaded with butter and marshmallows will put you in a sugar coma. By roasting sweet potatoes with the skin on for extra fiber and sprinkling with cinnamon and a dash of maple syrup, the dish will taste just as delicious with less sugar.
Milk Chocolate →Dark Chocolate, recipe HERE Chocolate lovers, rejoice! Dark chocolate contains less sugar and lots of flavonoids that improve blood circulation and heart health. Cocoa is thought to prevent cardiovascular disease and the darker the chocolate, the purer the cocoa. Reach for a piece of the purest dark chocolate you can find after dinner instead of that box of milk chocolates by your coworker. You’ll be surprised how satisfied you feel with dark chocolate. Remember, portion control is important, and eating chocolate cake made with dark chocolate over a cake made with milk chocolate is not a better choice.