There’s no need to throw away good eating habits for the next two months of holiday dining. There is also no need to compromise good taste and high quality.
Focusing on the quality of the food you prepare rather than the quantity can make a big difference.
Use these tips to help keep your dishes healthier this holiday season:
- Use evaporated skim milk instead of whole milk.
- Try low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth in your mashed potatoes instead of milk and butter. Also leave the skins on for added iron and nutrients.
- Choose an organic turkey. The higher the demand for organic products, the more available and affordable they will become.
- Pack your shopping cart with fresh, seasonal vegetables: sweet potatoes, winter squash, broccoli, carrots and green beans. Apples, cranberries and pears combine easily for a tasty salad or turkey topping.
- Use non-fat whipped topping, non-fat yogurt or fat-free sour cream for dips, sauces and pie toppings.
- Choose reduced-fat cheese for salads and casseroles.
- Use whole-grain bread for stuffing or wild rice as a side dish.
Content Source: WebMD Weight Loss Clinic Feature, Trends in Food; What do they mean for my health? and American Dietetic Association