Lighter Holiday Meals

You don’t have to give up a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet to enjoy the holidays. Here are a few suggestions to help you prepare healthy holiday meals.

3 Simple Tips To Lighten Your Holiday Meals

1. Start the Party Light: Many appetizers are loaded with fats and sugars, and having finger foods available before your meal can make it all too easy to overeat. Make it easy for you and your guests to eat healthy by sticking with light appetizers like shrimp cocktails, whole-grain crackers with reduced-fat cheese, vegetables with a low-fat yogurt dip, and fresh-fruit skewers.

2. Pile on the Produce: Stick with simple fruits and vegetables for your sides instead of ladling on creams and sauces that are high in fat and calories. The fiber in your healthy choices will actually help your guests feel more full. If you can’t give up casseroles completely, use low-fat soup and extra vegetables and top it with crunchy whole-grain cereal instead of the traditional fried onions.

3. Make Simple Swaps: Shaving a few calories off ingredients here and there can add up to a big difference over the course of a holiday meal. Use low-fat sour cream, fat-free yogurt, light cream cheese, and low-fat milk in place of high-fat counterparts. Your guests won’t miss the extra calories or notice a difference in taste.

Serving a healthy holiday meal doesn’t have to mean sacrificing taste or going hungry. You can make a few simple changes and still serve a feast your loved ones will be talking about for years to come!