7 Best Healthy Holiday Cooking Tips.

While salsa might not be a traditional Christmas food for many, the colors are perfect for the season!

When it comes to the holidays, it’s not just about trimming your tree. It’s about trimming unhealthy fats, sugar and salt from your favorite seasonal recipes.

To that end, try a few of my favorite tips!

  1. Cut added sugar in half. If a recipe calls for a cup of sugar, opt for half a cup. Then, add a bit more citrus, vanilla, nutmeg or cinnamon and you’ll be fine.
  2. Reduce the butter. You can usually cut the butter in half, and then replace it with applesauce or bananas. I’ve even used avocados as an excellent butter substitute.
  3. Opt for reduced or lower-sodium variations of packaged foods – or, even better, go fresh!
  4. Replace unhealthy dips with salsas and guacamole – they’re already red and green! You could even pair a red tomato-based salsa with a green tomatillo-based salsa. Hummus is another healthy dip alternative. If you do prefer dips, replace sour cream with Greek yogurt.
  5. Cut added salt in half. You won’t even notice a difference – and, if you do, add herbs or seasoning. Your blood pressure will thank you!
  6. Use fresh or frozen fruits and berries instead of frosting, syrup or jam on desserts.
  7. Incorporate lots and lots of veggies. Vegetables add bulk to your meal without all the extra calories. Beyond providing plenty of nutrients, vegetables are high in fiber – thereby making you feel fuller, longer.

If you have any favorite healthy holiday cooking tips, please share them in the comments below!

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Comments

  1. Don’t do #2, guys. Studies have been showing for years that the majority that we have been told about butter is all bs. Check out greenmedinfo.com for accurate and up-to-date scientific information on butter as well as many other foods. Check out the article below, “10 Healthy Reasons to Enjoy Real Butter”:
    http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/10-healthy-reasons-enjoy-real-butter1
    Here’s a teaser:
    “The truth is that butter is good for you. Here are 10 benefits of eating real, fresh creamery butter:

    1. Butter is the most easily absorbable source of vitamin A which supports the thyroid and adrenal glands, and in turn, the cardiovascular system.

    2. Butter doesn’t lead to excess body fat since its short and medium chain fatty acids are burned for quick energy and not stored, and it also gives a feeling of satiety that may decrease cravings and over-eating.

    3. It’s rich in anti-oxidants including vitamins A and E, as well as selenium protecting against heart disease as well as cancer.”