Healthy Holiday Dish Substitutes
Many holiday dishes include ingredients that may not fall on the top of the most healthy list. Try these tips to add an extra nutritional punch to your holiday offerings.
- Sub olive oil for other fat sources. Many dishes you prepare may call for butter and choosing heart healthy olive oil can be a great switch.
- Bulk up on the veggies. Add a healthy twist to holiday dishes that lack color by including sweet potatoes or cauliflower to the mashed potatoes, subbing the cream in green bean casserole for sautéed mushrooms, onions and bell peppers and topping with crunchy almonds and adding extra veggies to the stuffing such as spinach, mushrooms and carrots.
- Opt for whole grains. Whether you are choosing bread rolls or making a pie, opt for the whole grain version to increase fiber and nutrients in each dish.
- Stick to lean proteins. Instead of adding sausage to the stuffing or wrapping items in bacon, let the turkey shine as the main protein source. Add flavor to your other dishes by adding herbs, spices and vegetables with a lot of flavor like onions and garlic.