Make the Holidays Healthy

Cranberry sauce

The holiday season doesn't have to be fattening, but it can still be tasty!

"Instead of focusing on the food while at family gatherings, remember to be thankful for the quality time you can have together with friends and family," said SwedishAmerican dietitian Erin Burke.

She suggests these healthy swaps for your traditional recipes:

  • Reduce amount of oil and butter used in recipes.
  • Use plain Greek yogurt in place of sour cream in dips or the mashed potatoes.
  • Drink plenty of water rather than caloric beverages like soda, juice, or alcohol.
  • Use smaller dinner plates to help you put less food on your plate.
  • Choose white meat over dark meat and avoid the skin
  • For those watching their carbohydrate intake, make mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes.
  • Instead of green bean casserole, make garlic roasted green beans.
  • Incorporate whole grains into the stuffing, dinner rolls, or even dessert.